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The Parker Report - October 2012

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Parker Nominated for Coastal Commission

Supervisor Jane Parker has been officially nominated for an appointment to the California Coastal Commission by the Monterey County City Select Committee and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Details are posted online at

Jane is honored to be considered for this important appointment and excited about this potential opportunity to uphold the Coastal Commission mission to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance California coastal resources.


Following the resignation of Commissioner Mark Stone, in anticipation of his election to the California State Assembly, Speaker John Perez issued a request for nominations of Central Coast Region candidates for his consideration. The California Coastal Act process for filling Commission vacancies requires the Board of Supervisors and City Select Committees in each county to nominate one or more supervisors and one or more city council members for consideration by the Speaker. The Central Coast Region includes Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties.


stoneMark Stone has endorsed Jane to fill his seat saying, As those who have worked with her will attest, Supervisor Parker clearly demonstrates a pragmatic understanding of how important it is to balance resource conservation with sustainable economic development, I have no doubt that this pragmatism, along with her passion and equanimity, will make her an extremely effective advocate for Californias 1,100 miles of magnificent coastline, and for the environmental and economic well-being of our coastal communities.


Although nominations may only be made by Boards of Supervisors and City Select Committees, individuals and organizations who care about the protection of the California Coast may also write to Speaker Perez to voice their support for nominated individuals. The Sierra Club, Oceana, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, Resource Secretary John Laird, and Assemblymember Bill Monning are among the growing list of those who have submitted letters in support of Jane. A complete list of those who are endorsing Jane is posted online.


The Monterey County and San Mateo Board of Supervisors will be considering their nominations next Tuesday. The Santa Cruz County City Select Committee meets on October 17, and the San Mateo County City Select Committee on October 26 to make their nominations. All nominations and letters of support must be submitted to Speaker Perez no later than October 26. 


Additional Information is availalbe online at: and


All About the California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission was established by voter initiative in 1972 (Proposition 20) and later made permanent by the Legislature through adoption of the California Coastal Act of 1976.


The mission of the Coastal Commission is to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations.


The Coastal Commission, in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone. Development activities, which are broadly defined by the Coastal Act to include (among others) construction of buildings, divisions of land, and activities that change the intensity of use of land or public access to coastal waters, generally require a coastal permit from either the Coastal Commission or the local government.


The Coastal Act includes specific policies that address issues such as shoreline public access and recreation, lower cost visitor accommodations, terrestrial and marine habitat protection, visual resources, landform alteration, agricultural lands, commercial fisheries, industrial uses, water quality, offshore oil and gas development, transportation, development design, power plants, ports, and public works.


The Commission is composed of twelve voting members, appointed equally (four each) by the Governor, the Senate Rules Committee, and the Speaker of the Assembly. Six of the voting commissioners are locally elected officials and six are appointed from the public at large. Three ex officio (non-voting) members represent the Resources Agency, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and the State Lands Commission.


The coastal zone, which was specifically mapped by the Legislature, covers an area larger than the State of Rhode Island. On land the coastal zone varies in width from several hundred feet in highly urbanized areas up to five miles in certain rural areas, and offshore the coastal zone includes a three-mile-wide band of ocean. The coastal zone established by the Coastal Act does not include San Francisco Bay, where development is regulated by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.


Under 1990 amendments to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, the Commission and the The Commission carries out an extensive public education program that includes annual statewide coastal clean-up events, the "Adopt-A-Beach" program and the WHALE TAILSM  license plate program. It also maintains a Coastal Resource Information Center.


Coastal Commission Meetings

The Commission holds monthly public meetings of three to five days in length in different locations throughout the state. Meetings are broadcast via live webcast from the Coastal Commission website.

Big Crowd at Fort Ord Community Walk

2012.09 fr ord walk crowdA large crowd of folks, some regular and others first time visitors, gathered at the intersection of Normandy and Parker Flats Road on a Friday evening last month to join Seaside Mayor Felix Bachofner, Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado, and Supervisor Jane Parker for an early evening walk on the former Fort Ord. Trails were closed, but there was lots to see and discuss from Parker Flats Cut-Off Road that runs adjacent to the site of the Veterans Cemetery and

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overlooks the proposed Monterey Downs Development parcel. Mayor Delgado shared fascinating facts about the plants and trees, while Mayor Bachofner offered insights about plans for the area being considered by the City of Seaside.


It was such a pleasure to co-host this community event with Mayor Bachofner. There is so much happening at Fort Ord right now. Felix has proven to be a strong leader at FORA where he is advocating for better board process, ensuring that the Board and the public have an opportunity to really understand the issues and voice their opinions, says Jane, I really enjoyed the chance to spend an evening outdoors with my colleagues experiencing the land that we talk about so often in boardrooms.


Professor James Heckman on NPR- This American Life


If you missed it live on NPR, you can still listen to Professor Heckman's discussion on This American Life about the importance of non-cognitive skills.


Paul Tough discusses how non-cognitive skills- qualities like tenacity, resilience, impulse control- are being viewed as increasingly vital in education, and host Ira Glass speaks with economist James Heckman, who has been at the center of this research and this shift.


Doctor Nadine Burke Harris weighs in to discuss studies that show how poverty-related stress can affect brain development, and inhibit the development of non-cognitive skills. The show also features a teenager named Kewauna Lerma, who talks about her struggles with some of the skills discussed, like restraint and impulse control.




The Monterey County Free Libraries is planning for a future where they continue to be a partner in supporting the education, health and well-being of all Monterey County residents. They are asking all Monterey County residents to respond to a planning survey. It can be found online - either from a link on their main page, or by going to  Whether or not you use the library, your recommendations will help us decide how to best serve you, your family and our community.


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Supervisor Jane Parker welcomes direct communication with county residents. Please contact her office to share your thoughts and ideas about issues facing Monterey County.

Thank you for your interest in County Government. Working together, we can accomplish great things for our community.

Kristi Markey, Chief of Staff -

Wendy Askew, Board Aide -

Lori Chappell, Office Manager -


Phone: (831) 883-7570

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Supervisor Jane Parker


Main Coastal Office
2616 1st Avenue
Marina CA 93933

(831) 883-7570


Supervisor Parker Seeks Appointees


Supervisor Parker is looking for interested persons to serve on the following commissions:

In-Home Support Services Commission


Water Resources Agency


If you are interested in a position on either commission, please send a letter of interest and resume to jane.parker@


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The Mission of Monterey County is to excel at providing quality services for the benefit of all Monterey County residents while developing, maintaining, and enhancing the resources of the region.


Information about the County Strategic Plan Initiatives is posted online.

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics

Each week before a Board of Supervisors Meeting, Jane hosts a public meeting to review the upcoming Board agenda and listen to the thoughts and priorities of residents who attended. 

Seaside: Me 'n Ed's Pizza (2nd Mon.)
Marina: Mountain Mike's Pizza (3rd Mon.)
Salinas: Portobello's (4th Mon.)
When: 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm on Monday's prior to weekly Board of Supervisor Meetings.
Upcoming dates in 2012 include: 



8th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

15th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

22th: Portobello's in Salinas



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10th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

17th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

24th: Portobello's in Salinas

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics


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