Coastal Commission’s Douglas dies at 69
April 3, 2012
Peter Douglas fought many battles during his quarter-century as executive director of the California Coastal Commission, but he lost his fight with throat and lung cancer, succumbing Sunday at his sister’s Palm Springs home where he spent his final days. He was 69. (Sacramento Bee)
Douglas’ passing was noted by former San Luis Obispo County resident and commission spokesperson Sarah Christie. He was appointed to the commission’s top spot in 1985, and relinquished his post last year because of his illness. Before that he had served as the agency’s chief deputy and a legislative aide.
“It was a very difficult decision and it was disease driven,” he told the Associated Press at the time of his retirement announcement. “I’m at peace with it – it’s been an incredible 41 years. It’s been a meaningful, purposeful legacy.”