Vice Mayor Garcia Appointed to California Coastal Commission
2013-01-11 · By Editor
President pro Tem of the California Senate Darrell Steinberg announced yesterday evening that Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia will become California’s newest Coastal Commissioner. The Senate Rules Committee, which is chaired by Steinberg, made the announcement after yesterday’s Rules Committee meeting in Sacramento.
“I am honored to serve the people of California and to begin the important work of protecting the California Coast while ensuring public access to this incredible natural resource,” said Vice Mayor Garcia. “The California Coast is not only one of the most important assets in our state, but in the country.”
Garcia will become 1 of 12 members on the state commission, will be the commission’s youngest member. Garcia was nominated to serve on the commission by the LA County Board of Supervisors, and received strong support from State Senator Ricardo Lara, Mayor Bob Foster, and the Statewide Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay, and the National Resources Defense Council.
The Senate Rules Committee selected Garcia from numerous nominations made from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and numerous southern California cities.
“Vice Mayor Garcia’s appointment to the Coastal Commission is a win for California and for Long Beach. His balanced approach to complex issues on the City Council will serve the Commission well,” said Mayor Bob Foster.
The California Coastal Commission was established in 1972 by Proposition 20 and made permanent by the Legislature with the California Coastal Act of 1976. The Coastal Commission partners with coastal cities and counties to plan and regulate the use of land and water in the coastal zone, including construction of buildings, the change of intensity of land, or public access to coastal waters.
“As Long Beach’s State Senator and a member of the Rules Committee, we could not be prouder of Vice Mayor Garcia,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “The Commission is one of the most important in the state, and I’m confident that the Vice Mayor will work with business, labor, and our environmental advocates to protect the California Coast.”
Garcia will be seated as a new Commissioner at the February meeting on the Commission.