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Michael L. Fischer: Oral History Interview with Michael L. Fischer, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission, 1978-1985, Deputy Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1976-1978, Executive Director, North Central Region, Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, 1973-1976

Interviewee(s):
Fischer, Michael L.
Interviewer(s):
Lage, Ann
Title:
Michael L. Fischer: Oral History Interview with Michael L. Fischer, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission, 1978-1985, Deputy Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1976-1978, Executive Director, North Central Region, Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, 1973-1976
Abstract:
Michael L. Fischer discusses his personal and educational background; his leadership of the North Central Region, Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, including relations with the commissioners and the statewide commission. The region's coastal development, including controversies over Bodega Harbor, Sea Ranch, and Christo's fence. His position in the Office of Planning and Research gives him insights into the Jerry Brown administration; his comments of the statewide land-use planning process and the controversy over the proposed Dow Chemical plant in Solano County (1997). He discusses his role as executive director of the California Coastal Commission, 1978-1985, including the declining quality of commission members; budget cuts under Governor George Deukmejian; increasing political pressures from Democratic legislators, offshore oil issues, and federal-state relations.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Natural Resources, Land Use, and the Environment
Interview date(s):
1992 1993
Project:
California State Politics
Oskicat record:
b10996077
Rights:
Fischer, Michael L. "Michael L. Fischer: Oral History Interview with Michael L. Fischer, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission, 1978-1985, Deputy Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1976-1978, Executive Director, North Central Region, Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, 1973-1976." Interview by Ann Lage in 1992 and 1993. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, .