Court Orders Ex-Marin Supervisor and Four Other Coastal Commissioners to Fork Over $959,000 in Legal Fees

Five current or former members of the California Coastal Commission, including former Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, are on the hook for more than $959,000 in court costs and attorney fees following a ruling earlier this month. The fees have been ordered in connection with a lawsuit filed by Spotlight on Coastal Corruption which alleged the five officials failed to properly disclose ex-parte meetings with developers and lobbyists.

Spotlight won that lawsuit back in May, but the state’s attorney general still sought to have the group cover the legal costs. Judge Timothy Taylor rejected the attorney general’s request on Sept. 7 and ordered the defendants to pay around $30,000 in court costs and approximately $929,000 in attorney fees.

The defendants were already ordered to pay a combined $57,100 in penalties stemming from the lawsuit.

Read more about the underlying case and the September decision here