The California Coastal Commission has 12 voting members and 3 non-voting members. Six of the voting members are "public members," and six are local elected officials who come from specific coastal districts. All voting members are appointed either by the Governor, Senate Rules Committee, or the Speaker of the Assembly; each appoints four commissioners, two public members and two elected officials. Each Commissioner may appoint an alternate to serve in his or her absence. The Secretaries of the Resources Agency, the Business and Transportation Agency, and the Chair of the State Lands Commission serve as non-voting members and may appoint a designee to serve in their place.
As of January 1, 1993, significant new ex parte requirements affecting communications with Commissioners went into effect. (Public Resources Code, sections 30319-30324.) These stringent new provisions of law may have serious consequences. Anyone wishing to communicate with a Commissioner about any matter pending before the Commission should read and abide by the guidelines below. The following guidance covers most of the new requirements.
The purpose of these legal requirements is to protect due process and fairness in the Commission's decision-making process. Failure to follow them could lead to fines, revocation of permits and substantial costs. Click the link for a copy of the ex parte disclosure form. If you have any questions, you can contact Commission legal staff at (415) 904-5220.