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Coastal Crusader Retirement.jpg Peter Douglas, the longtime director of the California Coastal Commission, announced today that he plans to retire later this year.

Douglas, who made his announcement at today's commission meeting, said he will officially step down in November. His retirement, which will be preceded by a period of sick leave, is related to his battle with lung cancer.

"It was a very difficult decision and it was disease driven," he told the Associated Press. "I'm at peace with it - it's been an incredible 41 years. It's been a meaningful, purposeful legacy."

The full Associated Press story on the announcement is posted at SacBee.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: A Wednesday March 30,2005 file photo showing Peter Douglas, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, at in his office in San Francisco. Jeff Chu, Associated Press.



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