Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Jana Zimmer Appointed at California Coastal Commissioner

Attorney-turned-Artist Jana Zimmer from Santa Barbara has been appointed to a "public" or "at large" seat on the California Coastal Commission. The seat was formerly held by David Allgood of San Diego and prior to that by former Commissioner Pat Kruer. Zimmer has been described as one of the most knowledgeable attorneys on the Central Coast on issues arising under the Coastal Act with experience in advocating for beach access, environmentally-sensitive habitat area ("ESHA") protection, protection of agricultural lands, and protection of surfing opportunities. Having worked for decades protecting El Capitan and the Gaviota Coast area of Santa Barbara, she will join her neighboring Commissioner, Ventura City Councilmember Brian Brennan, on the state agency.

This Assembly appointment to the Coastal Commission marks the fifth new appointment in the last two months for the twelve-member voting Commission. (The Commission has fifteen overall seats but three members are non-voting from the Resources Agency; State Lands Commission; and Business, Transportation and Housing Agency). Scott Peters, who has served on the Commission as an alternate before, has been confirmed as Zimmer's alternate as well. The recent high turnover of Commissioners makes for an interesting state agency to watch in the upcoming months.


Thursday, May 19, 2011


Senate Rules Committee Appoints Two New Coastal Commissioners: Kinsey and Bochco

Yesterday, Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey was given the nod to serve as the North Central Coast Elected Representative on the California Coastal Commission. Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, appointed Kinsey for a four-year term on the Commission, following his experience as an alternate Coastal Commissioner from 2007 to 2009. Sebastopol City Councilmember Sarah Gurney, the number one choice by a group of environmental organizations that interviewed candidates, was re-appointed as an alternate. Gurney was formerly an alternate to San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in the previous four-year term, as well.

An environmental activist from the Los Angeles area, Dayna Bochco, was also appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to replace long time Commissioner Sara Wan. Wan had served 15 years on the Commission and was looked to as a leader from staff and other environmentalists. Wan consistently rated as a high, if not the highest, Commissioner Voting Score in the California Coastal Commission Voting Chart. The Los Angeles Times reports that Wan riled the state Democratic Leadership; however, with her controversial election as Chair of the Coastal Commission.

Bochco sits on the Board of environmental groups such as Heal the Bay and Natural Resources Defense Council's Southern California Leadership Council. Her well-known husband, Steven Bochco, is a Hollywood producer, and the couple run a production company together.


Friday, May 13, 2011


North Coast California Coastal Commission Appointee is Martha McClure of the Del Norte Board of Supervisors

Today, Supervisor Martha McClure has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill Bonnie Neely's former seat on the California Coastal Commission.

McClure has served as Del Norte County Supervisor since 1996. She was recently active on the MLPA process on the North Coast to facilitate a collaborative model for the Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. McClure will represent these very counties on the Commission.

Read more here.



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