California dodged an oily bullet over the weekend when the State Assembly rejected Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed end-run around the State Lands Commission , who had voted down a new offsore oil drilling project off Santa Barbara in February.

Meanwhile, the coast of Florida is still in jeopardy from proposed new oil drilling as Senators from Louisiana and Alaska have introduced legislation to allow drilling close to the coast in exchange for a cut of the oil drilling revenues.

How much is an oily beach worth to you? Not much. How about a clean beach? Priceless.