SACRAMENTO: California Coastal Commission, unusual situation, decision on filling vacancy: "Deal struck over Coastal Commission vacancy" ....
***Following up on earlier item noted here (AB 1759, California Coastal Commission, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia)....
* Capitol Weekly: "Deal struck over Coastal Commission vacancy" - From Capitol Weekly:
In a rare move, a seat on the state’s powerful Coastal Commission will remain vacant for weeks following an unsuccessful effort in the Capitol to allow the newly elected mayor of Long Beach to serve on the 12-member panel. The position officially became vacant this week.
The position, the South Coast local government seat, requires an elected official selected from the city councils or boards of supervisors in Los Angeles or Orange counties. A decision on who will fill that seat could be made as early as December, when state lawmakers return to Sacramento for a brief procedural session. That session will be the first at which newly named Senate Leader Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, will preside after he formally takes over on Oct. 15 from Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. As Senate leader, De Leon will chair the five-member Senate Rules Committee, which is responsible for making the appointment.
The new vacancy stems from an 11th-hour political move in the Capitol, in which allies of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia sought to rewrite state law to allow Garcia to serve on the commission. As an elected member of the Long Beach City Council, had been a member of the Coastal Commission.
But when he was elected mayor, he was no longer an elected member of the city council under the city’s charter form of government, according to the state attorney general’s office, which said the “plain language” of the rule was clear. Garcia and the Coastal Commission were made aware of the conflict earlier this year, before Garcia was elected mayor.
The bill that failed would have allowed Garcia to serve both as mayor of a charter city and commission member simultaneously – a move that drew fire from some environmentalists, who pointed to campaign donations he had received from lobbyists, land-use experts, developers and others..................