You are currently serving your first year on the California Coastal Commission. What has your experience been like, and what can we expect from the commission in the near future?
I was very honored last August, when Assembly Speaker Karen Bass appointed me to serve on the California Coastal Commission. It is an amazing responsibility to represent the Central Coast on a body—with the stated mission to "Protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast."
The Coastal Commission was established by Proposition 20 in 1972 and made permanent by the legislative adoption of the California Coastal Act of 1976. Since that time the commission has had a primary function to protect the coastal environment for future generations. I am particularly pleased the commission will soon meet here in Santa Cruz for the first time since 1986. We will meet from March 10 to 12 in the County Board of Supervisors chambers, giving local people a great chance to observe and participate.