Re "Hard choices, strong stands to protect coast" (Dan Morain, July 10): It's a shame that the Coastal Commission, for all its talk about preserving access to the coast, continues to enforce policies that ensure only billionaires -- like former Commissioner Steve Blank -- can afford to live there.
Blank, who admits it cost him $3 million to obtain commission approval to build his home in Half Moon Bay, nonetheless urged the agency to remain "uncompromising" and "unreasonable" in his farewell speech.
So much for all the "little people" who scrimped and saved to buy property along the coast, but can't afford to build because they don't have an extra $3 million.
Apparently, Blank has no problem with turning California's coastline into an exclusive billionaire's club. Respecting coastal property owners' civil rights to use and enjoy their property would go a long ways towards helping the commission correct this problem.
-- Jennifer F. Thompson, Sacramento