Environmental coalition rejects Gibson for Coastal Commission
March 24, 2011
A coalition of 10 statewide environmental and coastal advocacy groups researched and interviewed five of the seven nominees for the Coastal Commission and put their support behind a Ventura and a Santa Barbara County public official while recommending that Gov. Jerry Brown reject San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson
On March 14th and 15th, members of the coalition interviewed Santa Barbara County Supervisor Janet Wolf, Ventura City Councilman Brian Brennan, San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx, San Luis Obispo Supervisor Bruce Gibson and Arroyo Grande City Councilman Joe Costello.
With criteria included accessibility to constituents, having a non-ideological approach and having a track record of civility and flexibility in their deliberative process, the group recommended Brennan and Wolf.
“In addition, we feel it is necessary to send a clear message that Bruce Gibson, with his demonstrated low priority for preserving coastal Endangered Species Habitat Area and a propensity for politics-as-usual, does not exemplify the qualities needed in a Coastal Commissioner,” an email to coalition members said.
The Environmental Coalition which includes the Surfrider Foundation, California Coastal Protection Network, Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern California Watershed Alliance, Coast Walk California, League for Coastal Protection, California Native Plant Society, Pelican Network, Ocean Outfall Group and Environmental Action Committee of West Marin “sought to represent the public interest in seeking a multi-dimensional person with strong knowledge of and experience with the Coastal Act and coastal issues.”
A list of nominees that included city council members and county supervisor was sent to Brown, who will appoint one person–either from San Luis Obispo, Ventura or Santa Barbara counties–to represent the south coast area on the Commission. Brown has until mid-April to make an appointment or he could choose to start the process over at that time.