Supes nominate everyone for Coastal Commission
Humboldt County Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to forward all interested nominees to Governor Jerry Brown to consider for the California Coastal Commission.
Tuesday’s hearing was the second time Supervisors have considered nominations in the last 5 months — first at the request of outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now at the direction of Brown who withdrew Schwarzenegger’s pick of Fortuna City Councilman Ken Zanzi.
Supervisor Clif Clendenen made the motion which drew appreciation from many public speakers who recalled the contentious and disrespectful mudslinging at the November/December meetings.
Most speakers threw their support behind Lovelace while supporting the motion. But petitions both for and against Lovelace were submitted.
Trinidad Mayor Stan Binnie said the nominee should support the Coastal Commission’s mission 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.” Binney said Lovelace is the best choice.
Local resident John Webb said the fact that Lovelace has generated opposition from financial and political forces is a good thing because he will stand up for the CCC’s mission in the face of pressure from developers.
Three speakers associated with Rob Arkley’s Security National Servicing Corp. spoke against Lovelace. Arkley’s push for a Home Depot-anchored mall in the Coastal Zone has spawned a political war against the Coastal Commission and anyone who supports the goals of the CCC over Arkley’s interests.
In addition to Lovelace and Zanzi, the other names forwarded to Brown will be Ferndale Mayor Jeff Farley, Arcata Councilwoman Alex Stillman and Supervisor Virginia Bass.