Mary Ann Reiss of Pismo Beach picked for California Coastal Commission

Former Pismo Beach Mayor Mary Ann Reiss was appointed Tuesday to the California Coastal Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Reiss, a Republican, was chosen to fill the regional seat over county Supervisor Bruce Gibson, a Democrat.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the other commissioners to preserve our coastal resources,” Reiss said Tuesday night. “For me, it means being able to have some input.”

Since June, Reiss has served as an alternate to Coastal Commission member Katcho Achadjian. “I had the opportunity to really dig into the (California) Coastal Act and see how the process works,” she said, adding that she’s eager to share her experience as “a mayor of a coastal community.”

Reiss is a member of the Pismo Beach City Council.

She previously served as a council member from 1996 to 2004 before being elected as mayor of Pismo Beach in 2004. She stepped down from that position this month, having opted not to seek re-election.

Reiss has also been a real estate agent for Century 21 Hometown Realty since 1998.

Reiss will make her official debut as a commissioner at the Dec. 15 meeting.

“I have to hit the ground running,” she said.

Her new position with the California Coastal Commission does not require Senate confirmation. It has no salary.

Stacy Daniel and Sarah Linn contributed to this report.