Mayor Debbie Peterson elected as Coastal Commission nominee
January 9, 2014
The San Luis Obispo County City Selection Committee elected Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson on Jan. 3 as its nominee for an open seat on the California Coastal Commission.
Less than two weeks after the Grover Beach Council removed Peterson from the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, the county committee voted 6-1 in support of Peterson. San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx voted against Peterson saying the committee needed time to inform more applicants.
In the past, Peterson questioned the science used to promote the controversial APCD dust rule. If implemented, the dust rule would fine the California Department of Parks and Recreation $1,000 a day if it does not reduce the amount of dust blowing onto the Nipomo Mesa.
On Monday, the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club voiced their disapproval of Peterson’s nomination for the Coastal Commission seat claiming she is a “servant of the off-road vehicle lobby.”
Ventura City Councilman Brian Brennan vacated his Coastal Commission position as the South Central Coast representative, which includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint Brennan’s replacement.
Each county submits two nominees for the coveted position, one selected by its board of supervisors and the other by its city selection committee which is comprised of local mayors. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors plans to select its nominee on Jan. 14.