A recent poll commissioned by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability indicates that issues of access to the coast still pose a significant barrier for low-income communities and communities of color around the state. Time, cost, and transportation were cited as the greatest challenges facing these communities. Jon Christensen, a professor with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, notes that while the aim of the California Coastal Act—to ensure that all Californians have equal access to the coast—is noble, inequalities persist.
Source: Poll: Majority of Californians Value the Coast, Even as They Move Farther From It New America Media, 17 Nov 2016
Additional coverage about coastal access in California:
Good news for Santa Monica: Poll Finds Majority of Californians Value Coast Santa Monica Lookout, 18 Nov 2016
Californians love their coastline and want more access, poll finds Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov 2016
Californians like their beaches – if they can get there The Sacramento Bee, 17 Nov 2016