Lovelace seeks Coastal Commission appointment
Humboldt County Supervisor Mark Lovelace is “actively seeking the nomination” to the California Coastal Commission, according to the Times -Standard.
Two seats on the powerful commission will be vacated following the Nov. 2nd election. Commission chairwoman Bonnie Neely lost her bid for re-election to the Humboldt County Supervisors, making her ineligible for a spot on the commission.
Any local progressive politico that lands a seat on the CCC will likely find themselves in the cross-hairs of local power monger Rob Arkley, who blames the CCC for stalling his “Marina Center” project. Arkley himself stonewalled the Commission’s proceedings on permits for the Marina Center, but used his fictionalized version of events as a political blow torch to catapult his loyal candidates into office.
Arcata City Councilman Mark Wheetley is another local possibility for the Commission, according to the T-S.
Outgoing governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will appoint a replacement for Neely before he leaves office, but there is no guarantee that the pick will come from Humboldt. Elected officials from other Northern California Coastal Counties are also eligible.