Letters from the Chair

Call for North Coast Advisory Council candidates

Special to The CambrianApril 24, 2014 

North Coast Advisory Council representation is divided up into districts.

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Looking to make a difference while giving back to the community you love? Run for a position on the North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC) and have your voice be heard. An ever-changing array of subjects keeps things lively.

Hot topics include: water, water, water, land use planning, building projects, traffic issues, vacation rentals and temporary events. The NCAC reports to and advises our county supervisor, Bruce Gibson, who keeps us up to date on issues of local interest.

Thoroughly prepared NCAC recommendations help county leaders make better decisions. The NCAC also provides a public forum for area residents to voice their concerns to the county and the press. We meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, except December, at the Rabobank Community Room.

Geographical Voting Areas (GVAs) open in this election are:

  • GVA 4 — Pineknolls to Main Street and rural areas;
  • GVA 6 — Lodge Hill/Marine Terrace, bounded by Trenton and Ardath; and
  • GVA 8 — Lodge Hill, bounded by Highway 1 on the east, Pineridge and Trenton on the west.
  • A map of the GVAs can be found on the NCAC website (northcoastadvisorycouncil.org).
Who can run for election this June? Anyone over 18 years of age who lives full-time in areas four, six or eight. Registration consists of a Conditions of Service form that can be found on our website (click on: “About the Council” or call Claudia Harmon Worthen at 927-1934).

To get on the ballot, a minimum of 10 endorsement signatures are required from your Geographical Voting Area (GVA).

Applications are due Thursday, May 8. They may be submitted on the NCAC website or mailed to P.O. Box 533, Cambria.

Three special interest appointed positions are also open: Agriculture, Environmental, and Latino/Latina. These members and alternates will be selected at the June 18 meeting by a vote of the council.

Candidates who have filed Conditions of Service forms by May 8 must then appear at the June 18 NCAC meeting and present their qualifications. In addition, short biographies can be sent in advance of the meeting, but are not required.

Letters of endorsement by recognized organizations, such as the Farm Bureau and Greenspace, are preferred for the agriculture and environmental positions. The Latino/Latina representative must speak Spanish.

Claudia Harmon Worthen is chairperson of the North Coast Advisory Council. This is one of a series of columns about the North Coast Advisory Council of Cambria and San Simeon to the Monterey County line. For more, go to NorthCoastAdvisoryCouncil.org.

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