Wolf Nominated for Coastal Commission

Only four weeks removed from 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf voting against the board majority’s decision to reject the update to the county’s Land Use Development Code (LUDC) — one of the most important coastal issues the county has faced over the last 10 years — the board on a 4-1 vote nominated Wolf’s name to go to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration to fill a vacant seat on the California Coastal Commission.

The hearing Tuesday didn’t come without some interesting moments, with 5th District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino (who was the dissenting vote) saying he disagreed strongly with Wolf on land-use issues “and that’s what the Coastal Commission is all about,” while 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal said that while he would be moving forward on his vote for her, he hadn’t yet received an apology from Wolf for saying she felt like she was dealing with juveniles at the LUDC meeting. She did take the time on Tuesday to apologize for using that word.

Wolf also received a nomination from the Santa Barbara City Selection Committee, a group made up of the mayors from all the cities in the county, as well as a nomination from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. That board also nominated San Luis Obispo Supervisor Bruce Gibson. The San Luis Obispo City Selection Committee nominated Gibson and Pismo Beach Mayor Mary Ann Reiss and S.L.O.’s Board of Supervisors nominated Gibson and Reiss, as well, and will meet again Tuesday to consider the nominations of San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx and Arroyo Grande City Councilmember Joe Costello. The Ventura City Selection Committee nominated Ventura City Councilmember Brian Brennan and Port Hueneme City Councilmember Jonathan Sharkey. From those nominations, the governor will choose the new south central coast regional coastal commissioner.

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