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Brown boots Zanzi from Coastal Commission

When outgoing governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a string of last-minute appointments to state boards and commissions, there was high drama in Humboldt over who would represent the North Coast on the California Coastal Commission.

Schwarzenegger chose Fortuna City Councilman Ken Zanzi, but new Governor Jerry Brown told him “nothing personal, but your services are no longer needed,” according to the Times-Standard.

Now the process starts all over again. The new governor will have to submit a request for nominations, starting a 45-day clock for cities and counties to put forward names. Brown then has 30 days to make an appointment. That means the commission is unlikely to have a North Coast representative in place for the March and April meetings.

Before Zanzi’s appointment other local elected officials who expressed interest in the job included Humboldt County Supervisor Mark Lovelace and Eureka Mayor Frank Jager.

  1. February 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Not exactly unexpected.

  2. February 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Wow, what a surprise!….Not. Now maybe some with actual, you know, qualifications will be nominated.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Those who understand processes figured this would occur – which then sheds more light onto the waste of local elected officials time bickering about an appointment process so many KNEW AHEAD OF TIME would most likely be crap-canned for another process. Hopefully, all the local pilferings of discussions and stale air will have been vented. Alas, the list will most likely be larger now though. Just a wild guess, but I doubt Mr Zanzi will re-apply.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  4. the real mitch
    February 18, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Mark Wheetly is the most qualified, if one was going from resume, be good to see him throw in his hat to the ring.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Fox Studio – Qualifications is as qualifications does. Just think about all those “qualified” who politically are persecuted and could never hold the position on the CC because of “political insider elitisms and schemes”. that are real and damaging to the State of California. The members on the CC are PROBABLY NOT THE MOST QUALIFIED REPS; however, most internally popularized is a strong probability. Brown the Clown will protect labor segregationists and political power groups – that is all people should know by now as Brown’s history is one of union segregation schemes. Brown has helped to frack this state for decades and the dumbed-down voters + union supporters/beneficiaries in California voted him back again for double duty. Hard to believe California is still on the map, but if it were not for people being gullible, life would be far better for all. It is amazing how the few (PARTS) can bring down the whole (EVRYTHING).

    To be fair to Labor Segregationist Brown, super duper uber rich people buying their way into office ain’t good either. Whitman was a fascist pyramid schemer supporter – not to say that she never done good things, but for whom received such favor and kindness and what politics were attached. Uber rich have no real sense of good. Even Bill Gates still looks like a fascists loser even though he donates back the grafted and stolen wealths of others so that it makes him look better in the eyes of those who don’t understand greed and how greed internally changes a person for the worse. The sunset will be bright red :-).


  6. Plain Jane
    February 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Poor Mr. Zanzi thinks it was rude to just boot him like that, but didn’t have a problem with Schwarzenegger’s rudeness by appointing him in the first place.

  7. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

    This sort of commitment isn’t taken likely for those who are serious about doing a good job. It seems odd to set aside the time for a year for meetings and then be told you won’t be part of it. What is the point of being appointed at the last minute if it doesn’t hold?

  8. Humboldt Politico
    February 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I wonder how this is going to effect the rezoning since there will not be a representative from the North Coast until at least May? Usually, custom dictates no decisions are made without imput from the local appointee.

  9. Plain Jane
    February 18, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Can you remind us what was the point of Schwarzenegger appointing people at the last minute to fill Brown’s seats on the CC, HP?

  10. Plain Jane
    February 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Oops, that question is for 8:23.

  11. High Finance
    February 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Zanzi is a good man caught in the usual petty party politics.

  12. anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    HF – you mean Schwartenager’s petty party politics, don’t you?

  13. High Finance
    February 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Guess again.

  14. Not A Native
    February 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Regardless of Zanzi’s character, if Hi Fi truly believes he’s qualified for the commission then why does Hi Fi believe he’s so naive as to not understand the political circumstances surrounding his appointment? Oh yeah, he’s a ‘victim’ of diabolical plots and has no political agenda of his own.

  15. WTF?
    February 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Keep Sacto out out of Humboldt’s woes.

  16. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Hi-Fi, you are such a silly hypocrite! You can’t even remember which governor you dislike!

  17. litlvr
    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

    To quote Lorrie Moore: “HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!”, etc.

  18. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Maybe Jerry will consider Dean Glaser this time around?

  19. tra
    February 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I had a feeling Brown was going to say “thanks, but no thanks,” and make his own picks for these sorts of appointed offices. Surely Schwarzenegger must have realized this, too?

    I don’t see any good reason for the outgoing governor to be making those appointments at the last minute, on his way out the door. After all, Brown was elected by large margin, and, as we are reminded all the time “elections have consequences.” Whether you like Brown or not, clearly he is the proper person to be making these appointments for people who will be serving during his term of office.

    Just to be clear, I’m not saying Schwarzenegger broke any rules or laws. He had the right to make those last minute appointments…I just think he ought to have refrained from exercising that right. He could have saved a lot of people a lot of time and needless effort that went into all the folks applying and being reviewed and all the political machinations and melodrama involved therein.

    Basically, it was a waste of everybody’s time, effort, and attention, and in the end, we’re right back to square one.

  20. tra
    February 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Perhaps someone could remind us what the requirements are. I believe it has to be someone currently serving in elected office, either at the county level, or at the municipal level. In other words, we’re pretty much talking about County Board of Supervisors members, and Mayors and City Council members, right?

    It’s really a pretty limited pool of potential applicants, and of course it’s limited further to only those who are interested and actually apply. So I would assume that it’s going to be about the same group of folks as applied last time around.

    Will Bass throw her hat in the ring again this time? Now she’s actually in office and eligible. (Note that I said “eligible,” not “qualified,” which is a whole ‘nother question!)

  21. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I betcha Lovelace ends up on it.

  22. February 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Here’s hoping.

  23. Matt
    February 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Zanzi seemed like a nice enough guy. Too bad the former governor wasted everybody’s time.

    For the next round of appointments, here’s the qualification info again:

    Matt says:
    December 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm
    From the Governor: “nominees…should be officials committed to and knowledgeable about coastal preservation and conservation.”

  24. Matt
    February 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Here’s the first part of the Coastal Commission’s “program overview” page:

    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.

  25. PLUTO
    February 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    The former gov should go back to the acting gig. He probably thought he was putting someone with the proper qualifications in. He is not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

  26. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I remember a couple of years ago Arnold was trying to put a freeway thru a State Park San Juan Capistrano. He is as popular as James Watt in that county.

  27. Thomas Paine Jr
    February 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I think he was on the commission long enough to get paid, but not long enough to do anything…..what a waste of money.

  28. socodave
    February 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Anonymous @ 3:42 – Not quite accurate. The route was selected by a collaborative group that included the Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish & Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers and Caltrans.

    The route would have extended the toll road to connect to Interstate 5 at the San Diego County line near San Onofre, where the TCA projects traffic to increase 60 percent by 2025. The final four miles (6 km) of the roadway would be located on Camp Pendleton Marine Base. The road would go through a section of the San Onofre State Park, which is leased from the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps reserved the right to grant easements for rights of way when the lease with the California Department of Parks and Recreation was signed in 1971.

  29. Curley
    February 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You’re dating yourself 3:42. Do you remember the “joke” that got James Watt fired?

  30. Andrew Bird
    February 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Keep in mind that when Gov. Brown makes or unmakes this appointment, he is looking at the larger picture statewide and that Humboldt County is a relatively small part of California. Also keep in mind that Humboldt is not the only county on the North Coast and that there are candidates in those other counties who are seeking appointment as well.

  31. February 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Mitch- I agree on Wheetley,great guy,but doesn’t he still work for DFG?

  32. Art Member
    February 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I don’t endorse Zanzi, but he did work for the Department of Fish and Game from 1965 to 1998 and was a former city council member. Clearly he was qualified. Personally, i hope Mr.Lovelace gets appointed.

    February 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    PLUTO says:
    February 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    The former gov should go back to the acting gig. He probably thought he was putting someone with the proper qualifications in. He is not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

    Response: You give the former jokester too much energy as he ain’t even a light bulb, let alone a smart energy one…..Then again, look at the voter nitwits who voted for him. Gray Davis is looking kinda pretty right about now compared to former governor Schwarzineggar and current governor Brown. Davis sure got duped by other politicians and lobbyists who were part of the bigger scam job to cover-up the soon-to-be economic frauds and corruptions and conspiracies.

    Thank the fascist corporate conglomerate set-up between government and mega commodities/retail/financial corps doing most of the economic damage for mega profits on the national/international level; and, of course, the local elitists who garner the tax dollar funded kick-backs for mega-profit returns way above and beyond what most people in the private sector, who could compete, would receive.

    America HAS BECOME one big and greedy INBRED financial scam-job society, sad.


  34. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Mark Wheetley is professionally well-qualified and a good guy. I think he could do an excellent job if he can go with his judgment and not try to please everyone. He’s a consensus builder, which is good but can work against a person at times. Still, think he’s a great candidate.

  35. caution
    February 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

    No, no, no…Don’t wish for Lovelace. His already is already ready to explode. Notice how it keeps getting bigger? For his own good, no more pumping ego for Lovelace.

    Wheatly is weak. He can be bought and sold, and would be.

  36. caution
    February 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

    correction: Mark Lovlace’s head is getting so big, it is already in danger of exploding. For his own good, make him a one term supervisor then let him go back to what ever he was before he got so big.

    As he has said: Don’t you know who he is?

  37. tra
    February 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

    His already is already ready to explode.

    But what condition is his condition in?

  38. All Ears
    February 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Great My Word piece printed in the Times-Standard supporting Mark Lovelace for Coastal Commission:


    Looks like Jerry Brown was listening!

  39. Wheetley: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
    February 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Didn’t Mark Wheetley endorse (or just support) Virginia Bass for Supervisor? This poor judgment alone in regard to a clearly unqualified candidate who time and again was called out on her failure to do her homework, should raise warning bells about his so-called consensus-raising abilities.

  40. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Didn’t Mark Wheetley endorse (or just support) Virginia Bass for Supervisor?

    No troll, Wheetley is not listed on Bass’ endorser list. That’s your blind hatred of moderates in Arcata talking. Go back under the bridge and sit down.

  41. funnygirl
    February 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Wheetley is qualified/ Laovelace – HA HA HAH AH HAHAH HAH HHHAH HA TEE HEE OH RIGHT! Baykeeper association kills that.

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