Dayna Bochco remains as chair of California Coastal Commission

Commissioners also select Steve Padilla as vice-chair.

NEWPORT BEACH — California’s coastal commissioners partially maintained the status quo during the election of its officers, Dec. 12, as Chair Dayna Bochco will retain her leadership position for another term. She was first elected to the chair position in 2016, when she succeeded then Commissioner Steve Kinsey as the board’s leader.

Commissioners also selected Steve Padilla as vice-chair; Padilla succeeds Commissioner Effie Turnbull-Sanders. Turnbull-Sanders was also elected as vice-chair in 2016.

Bochco’s first two years as California Coastal Commission chair were relatively smooth; she did not face anywhere near the same adversity her predecessor did during his term. (Kinsey was chair, for example, during the controversial firing of the Coastal Commission’s executive director, which raised questions about the agency’s practice of privately meeting with third parties ahead of meetings.)

Major issues brought in front of the Coastal Commission during Bochco’s first term as chair were sea level rise policy and the future of Redondo Beach’s waterfront redevelopment. The commission also was also involved in an ongoing legal dispute it had with the Port of San Diego regarding the Portside Pier project.

The commission also selected a permanent replacement for its executive director opening during Bochco’s first term as chair. John Ainsworth was hired as the commissioner’s executive director in 2017 – almost one year after the commission fired Charles Lester.

Commissioner Roberto Uranga, meanwhile, retains his appointment as chair of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Photo credit: California Coastal Commission Facebook

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  • January 3, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    Ms. Bochco, I recently read a comment you made in response to a Mr. Rebstock “that access to by the public is going to somehow make you pristine property no longer pristine.” I am referring to the issue of allowing public access to Holister Ranch. What we are currently seeing in Joshua Tree & other parks is exactly what this man is talking about. I realize that this is due to the government shutdown but it is a prime example of how the masses treat the environment & unfortunately there is a lack of man power to govern the areas that are already open to the public. Holister Ranch’s beaches are open tho the public. It may take a little effort to reach them but that effort is truly rewarded. This Ranch is a working cattle ranch. It is the last place on the entire Pacific Coast where they run cattle on the beach when they gather. It is also designated an agriculture preserve.

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