There won’t be a North Coast Advisory Council election May 4, according to Chairwoman Amanda Rice. Only three people applied to run, and while two of them could have represented the same area, that situation probably won’t trigger formal public balloting.
Eight seats (four regular members, four alternates) were potentially up for election and four other positions were up for appointment. Some seats could remain empty if people don’t volunteer to be appointed to fill the vacancies, Rice said.
Candidate filings closed in March, but she’s continuing to accept offers to fill the ranks. At its May 19 meeting, the council would appoint those who volunteered to fill the vacancies.
Rice encourages those curious about or interested in the council to attend the April 21 meeting (6:30 p.m., Rabobank, 1070 Main St.)
The public-benefit group studies various North Coast issues at the county level and advises Supervisor Bruce Gibson and other county officials. Members attend monthly meetings and serve on committees.
Gibson and his predecessors have said the council provides a vital link between the supervisor and the community.
Applicants for the Marine Terrace/lower Lodge Hill neighborhoods (Area 6) were current council member Joyce Renshaw and Tom Gray. Rice said they might wind up representing environmental concerns and Area 6, respectively.
Ralph Covell — owner of the Cambria by the Sea Ranch that surrounds Cambria on the north and east —applied to represent Area 4. That district includes northeastern and eastern portions of Cambria, including Pine Knolls, West and East villages east or north of Main Street, and rural lands to the Santa Lucia ridge.
Nobody applied to run against him, or for other seats representing areas 2 (Moonstone Beach, Happy Hill and Leimert) and 8 (Top of the World and the eastern portion of Lodge Hill west of Highway 1).
Dawn Dunlap and Debbie Mix will continue as the appointed agricultural representative and alternate, Dunlap confirmed April 12.
None of the other incumbents applied; some of them, including Rice and council members John Lamb and Michael Thompson, are up against a by-laws section limiting a member to two full consecutive terms.
Rice said there doesn’t seem to be any single reason why there were so few applicants this year.
Perhaps some were deterred by the prospect of ruling on potentially controversial projects, or by the new requirement to submit nomination signatures from 10 people who live in the area to be represented.