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Major Coastal Development Turned Aside in Southern California

A California panel has overwhelmingly rejected a plan to build nearly 900 upscale homes and a hotel on a valuable stretch of Southern California coastline that has long been the site of oil drilling and now provides habitat for endangered and threatened wildlife. After a 13-hour meeting with hundreds of speakers, the California Coastal Commission voted 9-1 this week against the proposed project on the 401-acre site in upscale Newport Beach. The property known as Banning Ranch is...

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