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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.

Governor's
Appointments

Senate Rules Committee
Appointments

Assembly Speaker
Appointments

Effie Turnbull-Sanders
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

1/13/2014

Dayna Bochco
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

5/20/2011 5/20/2015

VACANT
Commissioner

Wendy Mitchell
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

12/31/10

Mary K. Shallenberger
Commissioner

P.O. Box 354
Clements, CA
95227-0354
(415) 904-5200

5/20/2013 5/20/2017

Mark Vargas
Commissioner

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

7/17/2015 5/20/2019

North Coast
Representative

North Central Coast
Representative

Central Coast
Representative

Martha McClure
Supervisor

981 H Street,
Suite 200
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-7204
mmcclureccc@co.del-norte.ca.us

5/12/2011

Steve Kinsey
Supervisor & Chair

3501 Civic Center Drive,
Suite 329
San Rafael, CA 94903-4193
(415) 499-7331

5/20/2011 5/20/2015

Carole Groom
Supervisor

400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
cgroom@smcgov.org

5/20/2013 5/20/2017

South Central Coast
Representative

South Coast
Representative

San Diego Coast
Representative

Erik Howell
Councilmember

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

2/21/14

Roberto Uranga
Councilmember

333 W. Ocean Boulevard,
14th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-7777

3/18/2015 5/20/2017

Gregory Cox
Supervisor

1600 Pacific Highway,
Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101
gregcoastal@sdcounty.ca.gov

5/20/2013 5/20/2017

Resources
Agency

State Lands
Commission

State Transportation
Agency

John Laird
or Janelle Beland
Secretary, Non-voting

1416 Ninth Street,
Room 1311
Sacramento, CA
95814-5570
(916) 653-5656

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
or Jennifer Lucchesi /
Kevin Schmidt
Chair, Non-Voting

100 Howe Avenue,
Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202
(916) 574-1900

Brian P. Kelly
or Dale Jones
Secretary, Non-voting

915 Capitol Mall
Suite 350B
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-5400

Governor's
Appointments

Senate Rules Committee
Appointments

Assembly Speaker
Appointments

Vacant
Alternate

Belinda Faustinos
Alternate

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

8/24/2011

Vacant
Alternate

Steve Kram
Alternate

45 Fremont Street,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

12/31/10

Randy Pestor
Alternate

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

2/19/14

Dr. Paul Song
Alternate

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

11/13/2013

North Coast
Representative

North Central Coast
Representative

Central Coast
Representative

vacant
alternate

Sarah Glade Gurney
alternate

P.O. Box 1776
Sebastopol, CA 95473
(707) 823-6500
sarahcoastalcom@yahoo.com

5/20/2011

Maricela Morales
alternate

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

4/9/2013

South Central Coast
Representative

South Coast
Representative

San Diego Coast
Representative

vacant
alternate

Vacant
alternate

Olga Diaz
alternate

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

9/9/2013

Dr. Charles Lester
Executive Director

45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200

Ex Parte Communication Requirements

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.

  • No written materials should be sent to Coastal Commissioners unless the Commission staff receives copies of all of the same materials at the same time.
  • All materials transmitted to Commissioners should clearly indicate (e.g., on the cover page or envelope) that they have also been forwarded to the staff. Materials that do not show that copies have been provided to staff might not be accepted, opened or read by Commissioners. In these cases, no ex parte communication has occurred.
  • Messages of a non-procedural nature (e.g., substantive) should not be left for a Commissioner. These include telephone, FAX, telegraphic or other forms of message.
  • All oral or written communications of a non-procedural nature by an "interested person" that are not made according to the above procedures are ex parte communications which are prohibited unless publicly reported by the Commissioner. If the Commissioner does not report the communication, the Commission's action that was the subject of the communication may be revoked and penalties may result.
  • Coastal Commission decisions must be made on the basis of information available to all commissioners and the public. Therefore, copies of communications made to Commissioners that are forwarded to staff will be included in the public record. Public records are available for inspection at Commission meetings or in the Commission's office.

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.