Media Room

The Commission’s Public Information Officer is the point of contact for news media organizations and the public seeking information about the Commission’s programs and activities. The Public Information Officer issues news releases on the Commission’s behalf to inform the public and media about public land issues and news. Recent and archived news releases reporting Commission activities are online. Public Information Officer, Sheri Pemberton, can be reached at sheri.pemberton@slc.ca.gov | 916.574.1992.

Press Releases

Oil Pipeline Company to Pay more than $60 Million to Settle 2015 Refugio Oil Spill

Santa Barbara, Calif. – State officials announce a comprehensive civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline resolving natural resource damages, penalties and response costs associated with a crude oil spill near Santa Barbara in May 2015. The spill from an underground pipeline owned by the company caused injury to natural resources including birds, marine mammals, shoreline and subtidal habitats, and required beaches to close to be closed to the public.

Commission Meeting Highlights

June 23, 2020 Meeting Highlights

This June 23 meeting marked the Commission’s second virtual meeting. The meeting, using the videoconferencing service Zoom, was a success.

April 29, 2020 Meeting Highlights

This April 29th meeting marked the Commission’s first-ever virtual meeting. The meeting, using the videoconferencing service Zoom, was a success.

February 28, 2020 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its February public meeting in Long Beach, where the City holds sovereign tide and submerged lands in trust for the people of California.

December 06, 2019 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its December public meeting in Sacramento, California. Martinez Marine Oil Terminal Wharf Earlier this year, Shell Oil sold its Martinez, California refinery in the Carquinez Strait to PBF Energy. The marine oil terminal wharf associated with the...

October 24, 2019 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its October public meeting in Martinez, California. Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Anderson welcomed the Commission to Martinez.

August 23, 2019 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its August public meeting in Los Angeles. The Commission approved the issuance of dozens of leases and permits authorizing the use of lands and waterways throughout the State of California and took other actions relating to lands and resources...

June 28, 2019 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its June public meeting in San Diego, where many of the State’s most beautiful public lands, beaches, and natural resources are located. At the meeting, the Commission approved the issuance of dozens of leases and permits authorizing public use of...

April 5, 2019 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its April 2019 meeting in Madera, California. Supervisor Brett Frazier, Chair of the Madera County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the San Joaquin River Conservancy Board, welcomed the Commission to Madera County.

February 4, 2019 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its first meeting of 2019 in Sacramento. This year, for the first time in its 80-year history, the California State Lands Commission is represented by all women.

December 3, 2018 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its December public meeting in San Diego. Chairwoman Erica Pinto of the Jamul Indian Village of California welcomed the Commission and gave a brief history of her tribal history.

October 18, 2018 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its October public meeting in Sacramento, where California’s beautiful and historic State Capitol is located.

August 23, 2018 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its August public meeting at the Port of Long Beach, one of the largest Ports in the nation, located within one of the largest cities in California.

June 21, 2018 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its June public meeting at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

April 19, 2018 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its April public meeting in the Southern California desert.

February 27, 2018 Meeting Highlights

The Commission held its first meeting of the year in Oakland with a satellite location in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes.

November 29, 2017 Meeting Highlights

The Commission convened its last meeting of 2017 in Fresno, where the San Joaquin River, one of over 100 state-owned sovereign waterways, is located.

October 19, 2017 Meeting Highlights

The October Commission meeting began with an update about SB 50 (Allen) and SB 44 (Jackson).

August 17, 2017 Meeting Highlights

This past Commission meeting was noteworthy.