County supervisor candidate and former Santa Barbara City Councilmember Dan Secord was appointed this week to serve as an alternate on the California Coastal Commission, to the tempered dismay of activists involved in preserving coastal lands and fighting ocean waters development. Secord will stand in when Governor Schwarzenegger’s new South Central Coast appointee Khatchik Achadjian is absent. Achadjian chairs the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors and owns several gas stations. Secord earned a poor conservation rating of 38 percent from coastal protection organizations – including Surfrider Foundation, the Sierra Club Coastal Program, and the California Coastkeeper Alliance – when he served as the governor’s South Central Coast appointee during 2005. Only two of the 11 commissioners received lower conservation scores than Secord.

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