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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar: Thomas Osborne, “Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California’s Shore,” January 17, 2018

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On Wednesday, January 17, Thomas Osborne will discuss his new UC Press book on Peter Douglas and the California Coastal Commission.  Douglas was co-author of the 1972 Coastal Protection Initiative and the 1975 Coastal Act.  A dedicated environmentalist, he served as executive director of the Coastal Commission for 26 years and waged battles to regulate shoreline development and assure public access to California’s beaches.  Thomas Osborne is Emeritus Professor of History at Santa Ana College and author of several works, including Pacific El Dorado, a History of Greater California.

The session will be from 7-9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

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