Politics and Issues
Mark Stone appointed to Coastal Commission
Sierra Club welcomes the appointment of Mark Stone, Santa Cruz County Supervisor to the California Coastal Commission. Both Stone and Oceanside City Council Member Esther Sanchez were appointed by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in August.
“The Club deeply thanks Speaker Bass for considering the environment in her new appointments to the CCC. It will be a pleasure to work with someone with Mark’s depth of knowledge of the Coastal Act.” said Rita Dalessio, Chapter Chair.
Mark Stone has served as Santa Cruz County’s 5th District Supervisor since 2003, leading efforts to protect water quality and endangered species. Previously, he served on the Scotts Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2003 and has maintained a private law practice in Scotts Valley.
“The Coastal Act makes clear that appropriate ‘development’ can be permitted in the Coastal Zone, but only when that development is accomplished in a way that maintains long-term protection for coastal resources,” Stone said. “We have learned, from more than 30 years experience with the Coastal Act, that following the resource protection and management policies spelled out in the Coastal Act not only protects the integrity of our natural environment, but helps ensure the economic health of coastal communities and the state as a whole.”
Mark is concerned with ocean health and recently successfully completed a swim of the English Channel.