San Mateo County Supervisor Appointed to Coastal Commission
November 26, 2012
The Central Coast's representation on the California Coastal Commission has inched northward yet again: San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom was appointed today to fill outgoing Santa Cruz County Supervisor Mark Stone's vacancy.
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, appointed Groom after reviewing nine nominees from three counties. The pool included Monterey County supervisors Simon Salinas and Jane Parker (who had the recommendation of Stone, who leaves the seat open after winning election to the state Assembly), outgoing Seaside Mayor Felix Bachofner, and Monterey City Councilwoman Libby Downey.
“Groom has earned a reputation for being an effective leader who makes thoughtful decisions, and I trust that she will work to protect California’s pristine coastline as well as the people who live and work in coastal communities,” Pérez said in a statement.
Groom was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 2010, and served for nine years prior on the San Mateo City Council, including two terms as mayor.
“I look forward to serving on the Coastal Commission and ensuring that all sides are brought to the table as we chart a course to protect our shared precious resources,” she said in a statement.
Even the president of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce delivered a ringing endorsement of Groom for her "open-mindedness," even while describing her as a "stalwart environmentalist in Pérez's press release: “She is a consensus builder who invites participation from all stakeholders and is inclusive in her approach to policymaking," Lida Asbury said.
Groom's appointment takes effect Dec. 3, before the next Coastal Commission meeting Dec. 12-14 in San Francisco.