Behind the Scenes

"Let's go to the beach" has always been an entitlement of California living, with 80 percent of Californians living within 30 miles of the water's edge. But as urbanization continues to encroach on the 1,100-mile-long coast, our shoreline has come under siege. Development is swallowing up miles of coastline; access to beaches is being cut off; and seawalls may be causing beaches to disappear. A battle is raging around the fundamental question: Whose coast is it, anyway?

Coastal Clash, a one-hour, high-definition documentary produced by KQED Public Television, takes an in-depth look at the many sides of the struggle for California's shores. Premiering on Friday, November 12, at 9pm on KQED Public Television 9, Coastal Clash will also air on KQED digital channels and various other public television stations around the state (get tune-in information).

Many Californians believe that the passage of the Coastal Act in 1976 and the subsequent creation of the California Coastal Commission and California Coastal Conservancy effectively saved the coastline for its citizens. But despite the fact that California leads the nation in its protection and management of coastal resources, few locations in the United States rival California for its constant, intense pressure for development or for the politics that plague the operations of the California Coastal Commission.

Coastal Clash travels the California coastline and introduces representatives from all sides of the issue. Environmental experts, coastal scientists, government representatives, community leaders and property owners reveal the state's history of tension between public vs. private coastal interests, examine the science of sea walls and their effect on beaches and offer examples of both failed and successful attempts at coastal development. Exploring the effects of seawalls, Coastal Clash visits the communities of Solana Beach and Pacifica. Beach access is examined in Malibu and Mendocino County, development in Santa Barbara County, and land trusts in San Luis Obispo County and the San Mateo Coast.

Elizabeth Pepin & Christa Resing

Writer: Christa Resing
Editor: Karyne Holmes
Associate Producer: Sheraz Sadiq

Unit Managers:
Dan Ogawa & Jolee Hoyt

Greg King
Bill Corona
Harry Betancourt
Brian Kelly
Rick Santangelo

Brian Kelly
Helen Silvani
Rick Santangelo
Eric Shackelford
Bill Stefanacci
Birrell Walsh

Online Editor: Robert O'Geen
Sound Mix: Disher Sound

TV Operations:
Steve Welch
Frank Carfi
Kim Mccalla
Ernie Neumann

Original Music Written And Produced By: Chris Shiflett
Narration: David Bolick
Art Director: Janet Raugust
Designer: Jeffrey Edalatpour

Georgi Kelly
David Blazevich
Debbie Zambetti

Publicity: Yoonhyung Lee & Anne Wintroub
Program Distribution: Regina Eichner Eisenberg & Barbara Welch
Legal: Charles King
Production Interns: Andy Isaacson & Megan Robertson

Archival Film Transfers:

Archival Footage:
Paul Bishop
Doug Blemker
William R. & Steven Brown
Walter Darmstadt & Ray Olson
Jeffery Edalatpour
Barry Notmeyer
Gary Partridge
Rick Santangelo
Jeanine Strobel
Mark Tautrim
UNC-TV from The Beaches Are Moving
LA District, US Army Corps Of Engineers
Larry & Sara Wan
Grant Washburn
George Wolfberg/Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association

Archival Photographs:
Alicia Wentworth, Huntington Beach Historian
Pacifica Historical Society
Pacifica Tribune
Bernard E. Witkin, State Law Library, CA
USGS Survey Library, Menlo Park
Charles Von der Ahe Library, Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles Public Library
Mary Thomson
Friends of Ballona Wetlands
Playa Vista

Special Thanks:
Jessica Anthony
Dzhon Athanc
Bob Battallio
Michael Bowen
Robert Garcia
Gerald Gray
Colin Kennedy
Linda Locklin
Dr. Frank Mello
Mike Morasky
Chad Nelsen
Dana Pifer
Amy Roach
Bob Trettin
and the Mendocino County homeowner who inspired the creation of this documentary

Companion Projects
Interactive Producer: Mark Taylor
Web Designer: Marc Phu
Web Content Developer: Christine Murray
Web Writer/Researcher: Jason Malinsky

Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman
Morgan Ball
Charles Von der Ahe Library, Loyola Marymount University
Friends of Ballona Wetlands
Los Angeles Public Library
Jason Malinsky
Mike McGinnis
Elizabeth Pepin
Playa Vista
Mary Thomson

Radio Producer: Cheryl Colopy
Community Outreach: Sevda Eris
Educational Outreach: Kathleen Acord & Ken C. Garcia-Gonzales

Vice President of TV & Station Manager: Deanne Hamilton
Executive Director, TV Productions and Programming: Michael Isip

Executive Producer: Steve Talbot
Senior Executive Producer: Sue Ellen McCann

A KQED Production