County supervisors endorsed both Supervisor Bruce Gibson and Pismo Beach City Councilwoman Mary Ann Reiss for a seat on the California Coastal Commission, and said they will do the same for San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx at their next meeting.
Marx did not submit her request for support to supervisors in time for them to meet the requirements of the Brown Act at their Tuesday meeting, supervisors said.
The board did not mention Arroyo Grande City Councilman Joe Costello, who also has applied.
The city selection committee, which consists of the county’s mayors, also backed Gibson and Reiss on Wednesday afternoon. They said they chose Reiss over Costello and Marx because Reiss is from a coastal area.
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Gibson represents the county’s North Coast on the board.
The California Coastal Commission, created by voters in 1972, has 12 voting members and three nonvoting members. The powerful — and controversial — board controls land use along California’s coastline.
Morro Bay Mayor Bill Yates said the new commissioner should work to repair relations with the Coastal Commission staff, which several mayors said have frayed over the years.
Costello, Marx, Reiss and Gibson give San Luis Obispo County four applicants for the position, which Reiss currently holds. However, she was appointed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger near the end of his term. The new governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, wants to make his own appointment.
The coastal district also includes Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and there are “numerous” applicants from those counties as well, according to Evan Westrup, a Brown spokesman. The vacancy must be filled by a county supervisor or city councilmember from one of the three counties.
Neither Westrup nor Mona Pasquil, Brown’s appointments secretary, would identify applicants from the other two counties. Westrup said people in the administration do not provide information about applicants for any position because they want to “respect the confidentiality of the process.”
Brown put out a call for applicants Jan. 25, and said he would decide within 45 days.
The coastal commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor, and Reiss was appointed in December. Reiss is a Republican, whereas Gibson, Costello, and Marx are Democrats.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, several people from Los Osos spoke against Gibson getting the appointment. They said he should focus on issues in the county, and joining the state commission would “dilute his ability to serve (his supervisor’s) district,” as Richard Margetson put it.
Supervisor Jim Patterson disagreed, and said Gibson and Reiss were both able to handle extra duties. The former occupant of the seat is Katcho Achadjian, who, like Gibson, was a county supervisor.
Achadjian was elected to the state Assembly in November.