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Zanzi appointed to Coastal Commission

Outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Fortuna City Councilman Ken Zanzi to the California Coastal Commission, according to the San Francisco Sentinel:

Kenneth Zanzi, 67, of Fortuna, has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission representing the north coast region. He has been mayor pro tem of the city of Fortuna since 2010 and where he served as city councilmember from 2008 to 2010. Zanzi has owned Mad River Parkway Business Center since 1983. He worked for the Department of Fish and Game from 1965 to 1998 retiring as the deputy chief of the Wildlife Management Division. Zanzi is a member of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Zanzi is a Republican.

The appointment brings an end — for now — to heated discussion about who should represent the North Coast on the powerful statewide Commission, which oversees projects in California’s coastal zone.  The City of Fortuna lies outside the zone.

How long Zanzi will remain on the Commission remains in question.  Incoming Governor Jerry Brown, who will be sworn into office on Tuesday Monday, may dismiss Schwarzenegger’s picks at any time and make other appointments.

Zanzi supports big box development as an economic strategy, at least in Fortuna.

  1. nimby
    December 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I would have to make a wild guess that yimby/niyby will be his position(yes in my back yard/not in your back yard).

  2. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Jerry Brown takes office Monday. This appointment will last about one week. Shame on Arnold.

  3. 69er
    January 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Have to agree with nimby 10:10 pm and hope that
    Anonymous 10:35 pm is right.

  4. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

    The Brown transition team has been interviewing candidates for this seat. Jerry intends to appoint a candidate of his own.

  5. Zeno
    January 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Disappointing.

  6. skippy
    January 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Mr. Zanzi was an interesting appointment given that Fortuna isn’t a required coastal city. To his credit, he’s served 34 years in the Department of Fish and Game– and yours truly feels it’s admirably difficult to do something that even feels remotely good for that long.

    Mr. Lovelace fell victim in his CCC nomination by spokesperson Gary Bird of Citizens for a Better Eureka. Caught in the powerful crosshairs of the now-turned lobbying and political group, the Times-Standard reported on December 17, 2010:

    “…Lovelace detractor Gary Bird, who brought a petition signed by 679 people opposing Lovelace’s nomination, said that the supervisor is not representative of the region. ”His positions are extreme,” Bird said, “he is a divisive force in this county.”

    It’s hard to gauge exactly the ‘divisive force’ Mr. Bird and CBE will pursue for the future: Humboldt County as a whole– or merely those unfortunate souls thought obstructive to the proposed Marina Center. Mr. Bird says they are independent entities of each other. Certainly the Coastal Commission, Mr. Lovelace, and Ms. Neely have been fully ensnared and caught within their sights.

    Skippy’s New Year prediction: woe be to any candidate who crosses their path in 2011. Mr. Bird and CBE hunts their prey unobtrusively and well; laying low, camouflaged, under a clever duck blind of opportunity… waiting for their next quiet moment to strike.

  7. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Prove to me government processes are not rigged too, pretty please with sugar on top.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  8. Random Guy
    January 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Great, cops and conservatives conducting California’s coastal communities.

  9. Toohey
    January 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    If Fortuna is outside the coastal zone why did Caltrans have to get a CCC permit for the Alton interchange?

  10. Steak n Eggs
    January 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

    The interchange is probably within their “sphere of Influence”?

    How about the construction of the 101 median between Fortuna and CR? Portions of it were within the Coastal Zone, and the CCC insisted on having a green strip of grass between the median and highway. Well, it did not take long for the weeds to outcompete the grass (duh), and now we have a bunch of brown invasives intermingled with trash. It looks like shit.

    The point is that this kinda mitigation required by the CCC is overreaching and is exactly why we do not need someone like Lovelace who is on a similar powertrip of his own.

  11. A-Nony-Mouse
    January 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I may be wrong, but it sticks in my mind that the CCC’s sphere extends 1000 yards from the edge of the water. If Eel River was considered a navigable waterway, the CCC MIGHT be involved in riverside development. Not sure, though. Maybe others have a more precise definition of the ‘Coastal Zone’.

  12. A-Nony-Mouse
    January 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Oh yeah, the appointment. Temporary, at best. Mere ego stroking. Nothing to get alarmed about.

  13. January 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Worth repeating.

    Prove to me government processes are not rigged too, pretty please with sugar on top.

    Jeffrey Lytle

  14. Plain Jane
    January 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Maybe Jeff or Joe could explain how one would go about proving such a vast negative?

  15. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Again, this appointment won’t stand. Just another bullshit move by the outgoing governor. The Brown transition team fully intends to appoint someone of their own to this seat. They’ve interviewed several candidates from Mendo, Humboldt & Del Norte. I’m pretty sure Zanzi is not one of them.

  16. joeschmo
    January 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    What makes you think that Brown is going to change the appointment any time soon? Plus let’s not forget that Brown’s Campaign Manager was Steve Glaser. Steve Gleaser has worked closely with Rob Arkley in the past.

  17. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    another nail in the final coffin of you proggie dumbfucks

  18. January 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Plane Jane might try using Google or reading the news once in awhile. Why is it that everyone (mostly everyone) thinks there is actually a difference between Republicans and Democrats? The whole system is “rigged.” When it comes to the fundamental policies that govern this country, the American voter has absolutely NO say whatsoever.

  19. Plain Jane
    January 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I wasn’t arguing for or against the govt. being rigged, Joe. Just gently pointing out that while you can prove it is rigged with evidence, you can’t prove it isn’t.

  20. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I know how much time the Brown transition team has spent sorting through candidates for this seat. There is no doubt in my mind the new governor will make his own appointment to this seat.

  21. Random Guy
    January 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Somebody inform me, what are schwarzenegger’s other last minute moves? I’m out of the loop. The day I caught myself saying “Governer Arnold Schwarzenegger” under serious context is around the time I gave up.

  22. January 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I was up late last night and I’m running in low gear. So, -2 + -2 = what?

    Notice “two” negatives?

  23. January 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Somebody inform me, what are schwarzenegger’s other last minute moves?

    Hit the first link in the first paragraph of the post for a list of other appointees.

  24. Not A Native
    January 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I wish Mr. Zanzi a succesful and ephemeral appointment.

  25. mresquan
    January 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    joeschmo says:
    January 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    “What makes you think that Brown is going to change the appointment any time soon? Plus let’s not forget that Brown’s Campaign Manager was Steve Glaser. Steve Gleaser has worked closely with Rob Arkley in the past.”

    I don’t know that this appointment aids Arkley,SN,and the Marina Center all that much.The majority within Zanzi’s constituency want Big Box development at the old mill site off of 12th st in Fortuna,and could probably care less what happens at the balloon tract.Also,the city of Arcata is currently in the process of a development on Zanzi property,so he isn’t all that likely to label liberal Arcatan’s or liberals in general who support that project,as being anti-development.But certainly there is concern to be had about how he will act in regards to the myriad of other potential coastal developments,and hopefully those with concerns about that will be motivated enough to act on it.

  26. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Ken Zanzi is a fair and just type of guy. He will do a good job.

  27. Ponder z
    January 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I dont know of Ken being a commie bastard, or ecofreak. Good luck with your appointment Ken.

  28. Steak n Eggs
    January 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I predict that if appointment holds, Zanzi will follow the CCC’s mission like a majority of the commissioners, but unlike some, he will likely not support the over-reach stuff. And that’s not a bad thing.

  29. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    This appointment came out of left field for me – had no idea Ken Zanzi was under consideration, nor do I know anything about him. Is this really going to be high priority for Jerry Brown and who else is still under consideration? What happened to Mark Wheetley?

  30. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Toohey says:
    January 1, 2011 at 11:16 am
    If Fortuna is outside the coastal zone why did Caltrans have to get a CCC permit for the Alton interchange?

    Steak n Eggs says:
    January 1, 2011 at 11:27 am
    The interchange is probably within their “sphere of Influence”?

    How about the construction of the 101 median between Fortuna and CR? Portions of it were within the Coastal Zone, and the CCC insisted on having a green strip of grass between the median and highway. Well, it did not take long for the weeds to outcompete the grass (duh), and now we have a bunch of brown invasives intermingled with trash. It looks like shit.

    The point is that this kinda mitigation required by the CCC is overreaching and is exactly why we do not need someone like Lovelace who is on a similar powertrip of his own.

    Response to 2 in a row: See how “Sphere of influence” IS, CAN and MAY be used to circumvent some other regulatory scheme like “Zones”?

    RIGGED!

    JL

  31. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Plain Jane says:
    January 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Maybe Jeff or Joe could explain how one would go about proving such a vast negative?

    Response: maybe Plain Jane and her pet stains can supply an answer or go away and hide under a different masticating rock eyeing candy like a scorpion reproducer only does.

    JL

  32. Voter
    January 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Zanzi is certainly the most qualified candidate nominated by HCAOG. It’s refreshing to read his quotes in the T-S:

    “I think you can strike a balance between development and the protection of natural resources.”

    ”Being on the commission, I’m going to be exposed to more in-depth research and points of view…”

    Zanzi worked for a state agency for many years, so he is well aware that Humboldt County is actually part of California and subject to its laws, unlike Jager and Glaser, who seem to think that fighting state law is some sort of patriotic life mission.

  33. Joel Mielke
    January 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    “Just another bullshit move by the outgoing governor.”? I share your unhappiness that the outgoing Governor didn’t choose our candidate for the position, but the Governor is a Republican. It’s just politics, and a Democrat would have made a similar move. Apparently, he could have done worse.

    As Supervisor Lovelace said on Facebook, “Ken is certainly the best qualified, and the only one who actually followed any process. My congratulations to him.”

  34. Plain Jane
    January 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I know responding to Jeff’s gibberish just invites even more crazy gibberish so one of my NY resolutions will be to not even read his posts.

  35. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Gotta agree with Jane on this one, and I am at the other end of her political spectrum. JL, I think you need to spend a little less time here and change the world in some other way. This is kind of a dead end.

  36. Joel Mielke
    January 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Gotta agree with Anonymous and Jane on this one, Mr. Lytle. I enjoy debating people, not deciphering their unique syntax.

  37. Arnold smokes
    January 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    My impression from watching some of the Fortuna City Council meetings on TV is that he stood out from the rest as reasonable and well suited to the job.

  38. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Arnold, Ken Zanzi does stand out as a hard working Council member.

    However, if you go to Access Humboldt and watch the end of the Nov 15, 2010 meeting when Dean Glaser asked for support on a smart meter ordinance you will see a less reasonable side. He thinks poor little PG&E is being pushed around by the Obama administration and all those regulators like Mike Thompson. In fact, anything “smart” seems to be suspect. And the snarl in his voice on the word regulator hints that perhaps a bulldog was appointed to the CCC.

    Although Dean brought a roomful of Tea Party folks to talk about smart meters it was Ken who had a letter of recommendation from TP board members when it came time for the Council to talk about the CCC.

    Then he was none too friendly to the Humboldt Waste Management Authority when Larry Glass and Jim Test came to Fortuna in Sept ’09. He listed all the programs available for free to City residents. Then made the motion to not join HWMA and direct staff to work with Eel River Disposal just on paints and chemicals, because everything else is taken care of (by the HWMA).

    In Dec ’09 he was indignant that the HWMA tire collection program would no longer apply to Fortuna residents. He made a motion for the attorney to write a letter. It wasn’t on the agenda so the Council couldn’t act. But not to worry, the City Attorney assures all that he will get a letter out. And what are the hazard waste disposal options in Fortuna today?

  39. Fool On Hill
    January 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    The mission of the Coastal Commission is: “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.”

    It is not simply to “strike a balance between development and the protection of natural resources,” as Mr. Zanzi states in today’s article in T-S. If the candidates don’t believe in the mission, they shouldn’t have been considered.

  40. A-Nony-Mouse
    January 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    The funny part is that, thanks to the appeal of CBE’s lawsuit over jurisdiction of the CCC, it won’t even be heard by the court before late in 2011. That means the earliest the CC could hear the Marina Center appeal would be in 2012. I doubt if Mr. Zanzi will be a factor.

  41. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I have agreed with almost nothing this Governor has done in office, but this is one decision that I can say thank you for.

  42. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    “…environmental and human based resources…”

    Sounds like balance to me.

  43. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Brings to mnd a Rolling Stones tune…”You can’t always get what you want… But if you try sometimes, you’ll find, you get what you need”

    Ken wasn’t’ top of mind when Loavelace made his blind grab for power but it sure looks like the process worked. Ken is very professional with much more experience than I was aware of.

  44. Awnode S
    January 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Just the outgoing gov saying a big ” FUCK YOU” to California and it’s coastline.

  45. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Plain Jane says:
    January 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    I know responding to Jeff’s gibberish just invites even more crazy gibberish so one of my NY resolutions will be to not even read his posts.

    Anonymous says:
    January 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    Gotta agree with Jane on this one, and I am at the other end of her political spectrum. JL, I think you need to spend a little less time here and change the world in some other way. This is kind of a dead end.

    Joel Mielke says:
    January 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    Gotta agree with Anonymous and Jane on this one, Mr. Lytle. I enjoy debating people, not deciphering their unique syntax.

    Response: Yes, retorts from 3 of the community’s (uh ummmm) finest and more straightforward, transparent folks; hmmmmm, go figure.

    JL

  46. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    tttttttttttt (for lack of a better way to spell raspberry)

  47. Joel Mielke
    January 3, 2011 at 8:15 am

    “hmmmmm, go figure.”

    I don’t expect complete sentences, but the Henchman is utterly incapable of writing anything that makes sense.

  48. January 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

    We could only improve.
    If you have the stomach, go to the Overlook at Manilas Community Center, begin counting dead trees. What you will be looking at is a dead watershed, dead aquifer and loss of function of aquifer. This is John Wooleys’ district, he is a neighbor, he sat on the commission when Manila was receiving 38k an acre to pull invasives.
    The workers (children and prisoners) overlooked an ESHA (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area). The result is money galore and devastated environment.
    As if that wasn’t enough, last summer the High Rock Prison Crew removed the binder from our once stable 30′ fore dunes, ignoring FEMA/NOAA and violating A-Zone and V-Zone requisites, leading to more wetland destruction and destabilization of our coastline.

  49. January 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

    A warning to McKinleyville, read the Little River State Beach Plan, some not so bright have decided to erase your beach, destabilize your shoreline at a time when we are being advised to armor our shorelines.
    It is all about money now, the actions are regressive and backwards and will certainly lead to what you see in Manila, disgrace.

  50. Thirdeye
    January 3, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    A raspberry is spelled “plplplplplpl.”

  51. Mr. Nice
    January 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Dan Edrich are you trying to say root’s tensile strength of the invasive species that happen to be there are reinforcing the sand? Naw dude sand only falls apart when you pull native species, eradication is good work for convicts and conservation core future convicts.

  52. Thirdeye
    January 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Zanzi isn’t going away any time soon. The Governor’s got bigger fish to fry in his first months in office. Zanzi is a moderate with a strong professional background related to the CC’s duties. There is no compelling reason for the Governor to unseat him.

    If anyone thinks Fortuna doesn’t qualify as a coastal town, the CC claimed jurisdiction over the 101 median project north and south of Fortuna. Denying Fortuna status as a coastal town when the CC claims jurisdiction through it would be highly inconsistent.

    Re-opening the appointment would compel HCAOG to go through its nominating process, which would likely yield a similar result. The current HCBOS is unlikely to ignore HCAOG and repeat the stunt of the last one. The balance of power has shifted.

  53. Anonymous
    January 4, 2011 at 10:25 am

    “Zanzi is a moderate with a strong professional background related to the CC’s duties.”

    From the Humboldt Mirror:

    Kenneth Zanzi, 67, of Fortuna, has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission representing the north coast region. He has been mayor pro tem of the city of Fortuna since 2010 and where he served as city councilmember from 2008 to 2010. Zanzi has owned Mad River Parkway Business Center since 1983. He worked for the Department of Fish and Game from 1965 to 1998 retiring as the deputy chief of the Wildlife Management Division. Zanzi is a member of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Zanzi is a Republican.

    Please elaborate on his professional background related to his new duties.

    Ken did earn the Mayor Pro Tem position in Nov 2010 because he is a hard worker, tends to stay on track, and displays a willingness to listen and real thoughtfulness.

    Moderate? Early in his campaign a couple years ago he spoke in favor of putting a water tank in Rohner Park and objected to the City taking Fed stimulus money to install new light bulbs because the money should be going to private industry rather than bureaucrats.

    Well, luckily for Fortuna and the CCC his bureaucrat’s pension allows him the freedom to serve.

    But perhaps as a moderate living in Fortuna he feels the need to take certain strong positions occasionally.

    Whatever political stance he takes on the Coastal Commission he will do it with great skill. Best of luck to him.

  54. Thirdeye
    January 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    @10:25 – You don’t think experience with DFG is relevant to CC duties? That’s way more than most commissioners have.

  55. coastal zone outsider
    January 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    The Coastal Zone boundary goes from Centerville Beach inland towards Highway 101, near the junction of Highway 36. The boundary then roughly follows 101 towards Loleta. It appears that most of Fortuna east of 101 is out of the Coastal Zone.

  56. Thirdeye
    January 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    “It appears that most….” is quite different from the flat-out statement that Fortuna is outside the coastal zone. If any of it is in, it’s in.

  57. anon1
    January 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    my question is this..How can a newly appointed commissioner have already come out in support of The Marina Ctr when he legally couldn’t have received the 2100? page report. when he wasn’t on the commission..So how did he spend the time necessary to formulate an opinion when he hasn’t even read the report..Obviously he is another paid and bought appointee. No trust for Zanzi from me.

  58. January 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Give the guy a chance. We can only improve. I voted for Woolley, I voted for Neely, I voted for Lovelace.
    Our FIRM(Humboldts’ Flood Insurance Rate Maps)are not done! FEMA/NOAA arrive in March 2011.
    Think about it.

  59. planex
    January 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    the city of fortuna is not in the coastal zone. a majority of properties near fortuna, but west of the eel river, are within the coastal zone and are unincorporated. yes, the alton interchange is within the coastal zone, but again unicorporated. zanzi will be in position of representing the north coast, but not the city of fortuna.

  60. Anonymous
    January 5, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I don’t live exactly in a coastal zone myself, but we all live on the north coast area. What does it matter that Fortuna is not “in” a coastal zone for a council member to be on the coastal commission? Also, it is in the Eel River and Van Duzen delta, a wetlands area, and to me, it is all coastal area.

  61. Anonymous
    January 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

    “You don’t think experience with DFG is relevant to CC duties?”
    Not necessarily. However thanks to Mr. Lovelace’s TS letter we know that his experience at the DFG related to wetlands, so yes I think his experience at DFG could be relevant to CCC duties.

    “How can a newly appointed commissioner have already come out in support of The Marina Ctr when he legally couldn’t have received the 2100? page report. when he wasn’t on the commission..Obviously he is another paid and bought appointee. No trust for Zanzi from me.”

    He stated his opinion based on the information he had at the time. That’s all any of can do. Anyone with a different opinion now knows where he stands. That is an honest way to begin a conversation.

    Judging by his work on the Fortuna Council he will do his homework and it appears, at least from the case of a recent request for a budget modification, that he is able to change his mind based on more information.

  62. Anonymous
    January 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    What “information” about big box development was Zanzi basing his support on?

    Unless there’s new research, all national and local studies conclude that big boxes harm rural economies. Zanzi’s disregard of overwhelming facts would make all the professional experience humanly possible, wholly irrelevant.

  63. Random Guy
    January 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    A republican commercial investor appointed by arnold “federal puppet” schwarzenegger on the coastal commission, great. “Moderate”??? Who in their right mind would think that???

  64. Random Guy
    January 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I know I’ve already commented on this, but I’m just now really looking into who this guy is. Another big money real estate investor, how nice of him to take on the volunteer position of deciding what happens to the coast’s “real estate”. He’s a fan of Rush Limbaugh for fuck’s sake. The world is full of nice guys, this nice guy needs to be kept in check.

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