Supes spar over Coastal Commission nomination
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to support the nomination of Supervisor Mark Lovelace to fill the North Coast seat on the California Coastal Commission — but the issue provoked tense talk and finger-pointing.
Lovelace asked the Board to support his nomination, but suggested any letter of recommendation wait until the middle of December in case other elected officials step forward.
Supervisor Jill Duffy strongly criticized Board Chairman Clif Clendenen for not contacting Supervisor-elects Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg to find if they are interested in the position. She said the “games that have been played are over the top,” but when Lovelace responded she defensively said she wasn’t accusing him.
A lengthy public comment period followed with all speakers asking the board to hold off on supporting the nomination to allow other elected officials to step up.
Fortuna City Councilman Dean Glaser said he would throw his hat in the ring if it would help delay the process. The colorful Councilman whose commitment to confusion is well known, said he is “as neutral as you can possibly get.”
Bass said she would like the opportunity to be considered for the position, but in traditional Bass fashion expressed confusion about how or if she could put her name forward. She said her time as mayor and on the Eureka City Council gave her some knowledge about issues facing coastal communities. But it’s clear following her performance over the last year that she is relatively clueless about the operations and goals of the Coastal Commission.
“It’s not our job to solicit nominees, its the job of the nominees to step forward,” Lovelace said. “I’m not asking the Board to nominate me and only me. I’m simply asking for a consideration of my nomination at this time and leave the door open for others.”
Supervisor Bonnie Neely — who will leave her position on the CCC in January — amended her motion in support of Lovelace to direct the County Administrative Office to work with the City Selection Committee to identify other possible nominees. The Board will revisit the issue at its December 14th meeting.