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.