LandWatch San Luis Obispo County is a nonprofit environmental watchdog group that was formed using the previous 501C3 status of the Coalition to Save Cambria and San Simeon, according to Cynthia Hawley, a founder, attorney and board member of the group.
The Coalition began in the late 1990s during the county’s review and update of the North Coast Area Plan. That iteration of the update, which was scuttled by the California Coastal Commission, included proposals for extensive development on parts of the 82,000-acre Hearst Ranch, the C.T. Ranch and the approximately 400-acre East West Ranch (the latter is now the community-owned Fiscalini Ranch Preserve).
Hawley’s ex-husband, Richard Hawley (a candidate for the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors), said Tuesday, Oct. 21, that he left LandWatch in about 2010, during the group’s legal battle about the district’s water master plan.
Richard Hawley is no longer involved with LandWatch or with the group’s current lawsuit against the district, both Hawleys confirmed.