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Malibu Councilman Among Nominees For Open Coastal Commission Seat

Malibu City Councilman John Sibert is one of three nominees for the open seat that was vacated by newly elected 50th District Assemblyman Richard Bloom.

Malibu Councilman John Sibert is among three nominees being considered for appointment as one of the 12 voting members on the California Coastal Commission.

Sibert, who was first elected to the Malibu City Council in 2008 and was re-elected in April, confirmed that he has been recommended to represent the South Coast area.

"It's important. They impact our city a lot," Sibert said, adding that he spent a lot of time last year meeting with Coastal Commission staff along with former Councilman Jefferson Wagner.

Sibert and two other nominees, Rancho Palos Verdes Councilman Jim Knight and Azusa Mayor Pro Tem Angel Carrillo, will be considered by the California Senate Rules Committee. 

The seat was recently vacated by Richard Bloom, formerly the mayor of Santa Monica. Bloom, who was appointed to the commission in 2009, was recently elected as the assemblymember for the 50th Assembly District.

The commission has 12 voting members and four nonvoting members. The voting members are appointed by the governor, the California Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly. Each represents one of six coastal regions specified in the Coastal Act. 

The commission's next meeting is set for Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Sibert, who has a PhD in Chemistry and served as a professor and administrator at Yale, Caltech and the CSU system, has said on many occasions that he agrees with Thoreau that "government is best which governs least." He has lived in Malibu for 27 years.

Sibert also has been a consultant for NOAA, California Sea Grant, DOE, Science Foundation of Arizona and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Marcia Hanscom December 13, 2012 at 07:45 AM
As I mentioned, it is not well-paid. As of 2011, according to a notice on the Governor's website for one of his appointees: "This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem." http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=16981
Jonathan Friedman December 13, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Thank you
Theodore Fairfield December 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Who nominated each of the three candidates? When is the Senate Rules Committee expected to select Bloom's replacement?
Cece Stein December 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Congratulations John! Steve and I doubt you are doing this for the money. However, you could make more money defending dysfunctional, polluted waterways, suing State Agencies ( with unsubstantiated facts ) and driving away with a new Mercedes...just sayin'!
Gwen Lucoff December 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
What a joke, I can't think of a person LESS qualified to help preserve the coast Now we know why he voted and acted like he did for the demolition of the Lagoon. What are you going to develope next John? Jefferson is a much better choice, and at least we know he loves the ocean, and has devoted many years to keeping it clean!

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