Santa Barbara councilwoman is top pick for Coastal Commission seat

March 19, 2021

Santa Barbara Councilwoman Meagan Harmon

Elected officials in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint Santa Barbara City Councilwoman Meagan Harmon to represent the Central Coast on the California Coastal Commission.

Harmon has served on the Santa Barbara City Council since February 2019. She is a progressive Democrat.

In San Luis Obispo County, Supervisor Bruce Gibson wanted to recommend Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams and Morro Bay Councilman Mayor John Headding. Both Williams and Heading are strong supporters of cannabis businesses, an industry Gibson strongly supports.

Even so, the SLO County board selected Harmon based on her views regarding the economic importance of off-road vehicle use at the Ocean Dunes.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors selected Harmon and Williams, based on their knowledge of the Central Coast.

Ventura County nominated Harmon and four others — Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, Oxnard City Councilwomen Gabriela Basua and Vianey Lopez and Port Hueneme City Councilwoman Laura Hernandez.

The Coastal Commission, which is made up of 12 voting members who are appointed by the governor, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone, including “activities that change the intensity of use of land or public access to coastal waters.”

Former Pismo Beach City Councilman Erik Howell was appointed to the Coastal Commission in 2014 to represent the South Central Coast, which consists of SLO, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. In the 2020 election, Howell lost his seats on the council and the Coastal Commission.

It is now up to Gov. Newsom to appoint a commissioner and an alternate to represent the South Central Coast.


Love that racist oligarchy full of appointed bureaucrats dictating to us what’s good for us and our public lands without any regard to what us folks that live here actually want. Long live liberty


Remember when we lived in Constitutional Republic with sovereign rule by the people? Seems like it was’t that long ago.

Niles Q

She should fit right in.


Is a relative of progressive democrat Heidi Harmon mayor of SLO?

Michael A.

All commenters agree, she is a ‘progressive Democrat’. All agree this is not good. Who is it that votes for people like this? Why are they hidebound sort of braindead, kneejerk libs?


Our neighborhood looked like a forest of Biden signs. We happened to post something about another candidate and had a card-carrying government official sent to us within days that it was not within standard posting law size requirements and must come down.

So to answer your question, your county is awash in well meaning, mislead folks.


Well she’s a ringer for voting to develop the dunes as Santa Barbara has homes on the beach or a gong for most folks …Hard to imagine but a fixer upper on the beach in early 70s was $30k in SB …today 30k wouldn’t even cover permit fees or let alone installation of a single utility


A “progressive Democrat,” what a surprise.


Oh brother,

Newsom needs to leave,

How many jobs has the Coastel commission killed,

More of the same.

Quit voting Democrats into office.


More useless liberals for a brown nose appointment to a committee that does nothing but make life miserable for the taxpayer.