North Coast Advisory Council to meet Thursday in Cambria

A proposal to rework selection and representation on the North Coast Advisory Council is scheduled for discussion Thursday in Cambria after an earlier meeting was canceled due to a power outage.

The council currently has slots for 24 members — eight geographical district and four interest groups (Latino, environmental, business and agriculture), plus alternate representatives for every seat.

At times, the council has found it difficult to fill slots, so a proposal has been made to reduce the number of positions to nine regular members and three alternates, for a total of 12 positions.

“We’re not trying to limit representation, we’re trying to broaden representation,” said council Chairman Amanda Rice. “The idea is to allow people who would like to volunteer a better opportunity to do so.”

In the last election, she said, there were five candidates running in one district and only one in another. The proposal would only retain three districts: Cambria (with up to seven representatives), San Simeon and one for the rural area outside the communities.

The proposal also tries to make it easier for voters to participate, as votes cast in recent elections have been few.

No permanent modifications would be made before the council’s Feb. 17 meeting.

The council has no decision making authority. According to its Web site, northcoastadvisorycouncil.org, it provides a forum for citizen education, involvement, and discussion on issues that pertain to the North Coast area. It offers recommendations to county staff and 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Rabobank, 1070 Main St., Cambria.

— Tribune staff report