Assemblymember Monning Appointed to the California Coastal Conservancy

February 25, 2009

Contact: Rachel Anne Goodman @ (831) 425-1503

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Carmel) is pleased to announce that he has been appointed to the California Coastal Conservancy by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. 

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on the California Coastal Conservancy,” stated Assemblymember Monning.  “We must continue to use creative approaches to ensure Californians have access to our coastal areas and that they are protected for future generations to enjoy.” 

The California Coastal Conservancy protects and improves coastal wetlands, streams, and watersheds; helps people get to coast and bay shores by building trails and stairways and by acquiring land and easements.  The Conservancy also assists in the creation of low-cost accommodations along the coast, including campgrounds and hostels; works with local communities to revitalize urban waterfronts; helps to solve complex land-use problems; purchases and holds environmentally valuable coastal and bay lands; protects agricultural lands and supports coastal agriculture; and accepts donations and dedications of land and easements for public access, wildlife habitat, agriculture, and open space.

Assemblymember Monning continued, “I look forward to serving and supporting the mission of the Coastal Conservancy, protecting California's coastal resources and habitat.”

The Legislature created the Coastal Conservancy as a unique entity with flexible powers to serve as an intermediary among government, citizens, and the private sector in recognition that creative approaches would be needed to preserve California's coast and San Francisco Bay lands for future generations.  The Coastal Conservancy's non-regulatory approach complements the work of the California Coastal Commission, a distinct agency that regulates land use along the coast and issues development permits.

Assemblymember Monning was first elected to represent the 27th Assembly District in 2008.  The 27th Assembly District includes the cities of Capitola, Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County; as well as the cities of Carmel, Marina, Monterey, and Seaside in Monterey County; and the city of Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County.  Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assemblymember Monning was a professor at the Monterey College of Law and a Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.