California Coastal Commission

November 26, 2012

Dear Friends, 

I just received word that Speaker Perez has selected San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom to serve as the Central Coast representative on the California Coastal Commission.

I  wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Supervisor Groom as she prepares take on this additional responsibility to uphold the mission of the California Coastal Commission. 

As you know, I was nominated along with a competitive list of eight other highly qualified County Supervisors and City Council members to be considered for this appointment. Many individuals and organizations who care about a thoughtful balance of protection, access and development along the California Coast contacted Speaker Perez to voice their support for nominated individuals. I was overwhelmed by the flood of letters that were sent to the Speaker on my behalf. 

The Sierra Club, Oceana, UniteHERE, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), The California Coastkeeper Alliance, and NRDC are among a significant list of those who submitted letters in support of my nomination, all of which are now posted on my website at

It was an honor to be nominated for to serve on a state-wide commission, especially one as complex, controversial, and meaningful as the California Coastal Commission. Thank you again for all of your support during this nomination and selection process. 


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Jane Parker

Jane Parker Nominated for California Coastal Commission
In October 2012, Supervisor Jane Parker was officially nominated for an appointment to the California Coastal Commission by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Monterey County City Select Committee, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, and the Santa Cruz County City Select Committee.

Following the resignation of Commissioner Mark Stone the Honorable Speaker John Perez issued a request for nominations of Central Coast Region candidates for his considerationThe Central Coast Region includes Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties. 

The California Coastal Act process for filling Commission vacancies requires the Board of Supervisors and City Select Committees in each county to nominate one or more Supervisors and one or more City Council Members for consideration by the Speaker. 

The Speaker shall either appoint one of the nominees or notify the Boards of Supervisors and City Selection committees within the region that none of the nominees are acceptable and request additional nominations. 

Jane is honored to be considered for this important appointment and excited about this potential opportunity to uphold the Coastal Commission mission to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance California coastal resources.

Mark Stone endorsed Jane to fill his seat saying, “As those who have worked with her will attest, Supervisor Parker clearly demonstrates a pragmatic understanding of how important it is to balance resource conservation with sustainable economic development, I have no doubt that this pragmatism, along with her passion and equanimity, will make her an extremely effective advocate for California’s 1,100 miles of magnificent coastline, and for the environmental and economic well-being of our coastal communities.”

Although nominations may only be made by Boards of Supervisors and City Select Committees, individuals and organizations who care about the protection of the California Coast may also write to Speaker Perez to voice their support for nominated individuals. The right side-bar includes a partial list of letters submitted in support of Parker.

All About the California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission was established by voter initiative in 1972 (Proposition 20) and later made permanent by the Legislature through adoption of the California Coastal Act of 1976

The mission of the Coastal Commission is to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations.

The Coastal Commission, in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone. Development activities, which are broadly defined by the Coastal Act to include (among others) construction of buildings, divisions of land, and activities that change the intensity of use of land or public access to coastal waters, generally require a coastal permit from either the Coastal Commission or the local government.

The Coastal Act includes specific policies that address issues such as shoreline public access and recreation, lower cost visitor accommodations, terrestrial and marine habitat protection, visual resources, landform alteration, agricultural lands, commercial fisheries, industrial uses, water quality, offshore oil and gas development, transportation, development design, power plants, ports, and public works.

The Commission is composed of twelve voting members, appointed equally (four each) by the Governor, the Senate Rules Committee, and the Speaker of the Assembly. Six of the voting commissioners are locally elected officials and six are appointed from the public at large. Three ex officio (non-voting) members represent the Resources Agency, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and the State Lands Commission.

The coastal zone, which was specifically mapped by the Legislature, covers an area larger than the State of Rhode Island. On land the coastal zone varies in width from several hundred feet in highly urbanized areas up to five miles in certain rural areas, and offshore the coastal zone includes a three-mile-wide band of ocean. The coastal zone established by the Coastal Act does not include San Francisco Bay, where development is regulated by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Under 1990 amendments to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, the Commission and the The Commission carries out an extensive public education program that includes annual statewide coastal clean-up events, the "Adopt-A-Beach" program and the WHALE TAILSM license plate program. It also maintains a Coastal Resource Information Center.
Coastal Commission Meetings

The Commission holds monthly public meetings of three to five days in length in different locations throughout the state. The Commission meetings provide an opportunity for the Coastal Commissioners to take public testimony and to make permit, planning, and other policy decisions. Prior to each meeting, Commission staff collects and analyzes information pertinent to meeting agenda items and prepares written staff reports with recommendations for Commission action. These staff reports are available for public review, by contacting the appropriate Commission office. Selected staff reports are also available electronically by means of a link from the Commission’s Meeting Notice.

The Sierra Club (Kathryn Phillips)
Oceana (Geoff Shester, PhD)
(Stefanie Sekich-Quinn)



Save Our Shores (Laura Kasa)
(Leonard O'Neill & Jack Gribbon)

Natural Resources Defense Council (Ann Notthoff, California Advocacy Director)

Ocean Conservancy (George H. Leonard, Ph. D.)

Friends of Harbors Beaches and Parks (Jean H. Watt, President)

Julie Packard, Monterey Bay Aquarium*

Tim Ledesma, General Contractor
Keith VandeverePlanning Commissioner Monterey County*

Judy Corbett, Local Government Commission
John Bridges, Attorney at Law
Ed Boutonnet, Ocean Mist Farms
Helen Rucker, MPUSD Boardmember, former Seaside Mayor Pro Tem
William A. Melendez, former local and regional LULAC Chair*
David Armanasco, Armanasco Public Relations Inc.
Sherwood Darington, Agricultural Land Trust*
Luther Hert, Planning Commissioner Monterey County*

Mari Kloeppel, Friends, Artists, and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough*
Linda Williams, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte*
Cathleen Ferraro, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte*
Blake Matheson, Audobon Society*
Michelle Welsh & Katherine Stoner, ACLU*
Gary Cursio, Laguna Seca Golf Course and Monterey County Hospitality Association*

Lorraine Yglesias Rice, Environmental and Womens Rights Advocate
Michelle Dillon, Dillon Vineyards
Lennie Roberts, San Mateo County Legislative Advocate, Committee for Green Foothills*

Alan McKay, Central California Alliance for Health*
Hugo Ferlito, DDS, Salud Para La Gente*

Harriet Mitteldorf, former member of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, active with the Big Sur Land Trust

Wies Norberg, Democratic Women of Monterey County*

Vicki Williams, Democratic Women of Monterey County*

Michael Rotkin, Former Mayor of Santa Cruz

Kent Schisler

Kay Cline, Sustainable Seaside*
Sara Senger, Elder Law Attorney
Fran Farina


* affliation provided for information purpose only; individual endorsement does not represent organization.