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League Coastal Cities Issues Group Gears Up for 2017 with Appointment of a New Chair

March 10, 2017
League President JoAnne Mounce has appointed Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider as chair of the organization’s Coastal Cities Issue Group.
The appointment of Mayor Schneider as chair began the group’s work for 2017 and comes just weeks after the California Coastal Commission selected Jack Ainsworth as its new executive director. Mayor Schneider is the third chair of the group.
Created by the League board of directors in November 2006, the Coastal Cities Issues Group comprises all 61 cities in California’s coastal zone. The group’s mission is to advance the common interests of coastal cities and to facilitate communications with the California Coastal Commission. It advises the League policy committees and board of directors on policy issues related to the coastal zone and serves as a forum for coastal cities. The Coastal Cities Issues Group typically meets annually at the League’s annual conference.    
The League and its coastal cities are looking forward to working with Mr. Ainsworth as he officially takes the helm of the Coastal Commission. Led by Pismo Beach City Manager Jim Lewis, who is also president-elect of the League City Managers’ Department, coastal cities are working to identify goals for working with the Coastal Commission in the coming years.
The League appreciates the Coastal Commission’s efforts already to expand public access to commission meeting agendas by sending agendas directly to coastal city managers. League and Coastal Commission staff worked together to identify the appropriate email list.
Any city official of a city within the coastal zone who would like to receive Coastal Commission agendas or join League’s Coastal Cities Issues Group listserv are encouraged to contact League Legislative Policy Analyst Derek Dolfie.

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