Advisory council faces shakeup

ktanner@thetribunenews.comMay 2, 2013 

There likely will be some big changes on the North Coast Advisory Council after its May 15 meeting, with several members either at term limits or stepping down, leaving most of the officers’ positions up for grabs.

There also won’t be an 2013 election, because no candidates came forward to contest seats held by members who are continuing to represent the odd-numbered areas.

Chairman Tom Gray told his council members this week that he won’t be seeking another year as chairman but plans to stay on the council to represent Area 6 (lower and upper Marine Terrace and nearby  neighborhoods of Lodge Hill).

Vice chairman Erwin Ohanessian, who represents Area 7 (Lodge Hill west of Pineridge Drive and south of Ardath Drive) said at the March and April meetings that he would be leaving the council May 15, which would be the end of his term. He had been on the council about five years and also chaired the Traffic Committee.

Gray and Ohanessian confirmed their intentions in phone interviews Monday, April 29.

According to Gray, Bruce Fosdike, appointed in March as Area 7 alternate, likely would step up as the full member, leaving the alternate seat open again.

John McGarry, Gray’s alternate, heads the Projects/Land Use Committee.

The council also needs a corresponding secretary, a position that’s been vacant for some time.

Gray said he believes Heidi Santos, who represents Area 2 (Moonstone Beach, Leimert Estates and Happy Hill), would continue as treasurer.

Other odd-numbered areas and their representatives are:

1 (San Simeon), current member Bambi Fields, alternate Bob McLaughlin, whom Gray indicated might switch posts.

3 (Park Hill), member Marjorie Sewell, alternate Claudia Harmon Worthen.

5 (Lodge Hill east of Highway 1), member Roland Soucie, alternate Linda Haskins.

Gray said one candidate had signed up by the nomination deadline, but her application was for an appointed seat, not an elected one, and that she’d likely be appointed during the May 15 meeting.

Cecilia Lomeli — nurse practitioner at the Community Health Center’s Cambria clinic and mother of a daughter who attends fifth grade at Cambria Grammar School — applied to fill the Latina/Latino representative post held for more than a decade by Marty Muñoz-Main, also the council’s longtime recording secretary.

The council recommends actions to District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson, and through his office to all other county agencies and departments. NCAC land-use regulations and individual projects, from where to put up a single cellular phone tower or stop sign to such large projects as the currently proposed affordable housing and senior housing complexes, respectively on Schoolhouse Lane and Green Street.

The unpaid council members serve two-year terms, during which time they also work on specific committees, such as land use or traffic. Members can serve more than one term.

NCAC meets on the third Wednesday of every month except December. Members and alternates must be at least 18 years old and live fulltime in the area they would represent on the council.

Area maps are on the NCAC website, www.northcoastadvisorycouncil.org

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