Speaker John A. Pérez Appoints San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom to the California Coastal Commission
11/26/2012--Speaker John A. Pérez Appoints San Mateo County
Supervisor Carole Groom to the California Coastal Commission
SACRAMENTO - Today Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced the appointment of San Mateo
County Supervisor Carole Groom to the 12-member California Coastal Commission, after a deliberative
and comprehensive process of screening nominees for the post.
“I am pleased to have found such an outstanding candidate to serve on the California Coastal
Commission in Carole Groom,” said Speaker Pérez. “She has earned a reputation for being an effective
leader who makes thoughtful decisions, and I trust that she will work to protect California’s pristine
coastline as well as the people who live and work in coastal communities.”
Groom was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in June 2010 and served one year as
President of the Board in 2011. Prior to Supervisor Groom’s appointment in 2009, she served nine years
on the San Mateo City Council, including two terms as Mayor, and on the San Mateo Planning and Public
Supervisor Groom currently serves on the boards of various regional planning organizations, including
the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and
“I want to thank Speaker Pérez for this tremendous honor,” said Groom. “I look forward to serving on
the California Coastal Commission and ensuring that all sides are brought to the table as we chart a
course to protect our shared precious resources.”
“I've worked on a number of issues with Carole. Sometimes we have agreed, and sometimes not, but
she has always been accessible and thoughtful,” said Lennie Roberts, a Sierra Club member and activist
in the San Mateo coastal region that works on coastal issues with the Committee for Green Foothills. “I
am confident that in this new role, she will thoughtfully weigh the issues, do her homework, and be
sensitive to environmental protection needs along the coast.”
“Supervisor Groom is a consensus builder. As a Supervisor and City Council Member she's displayed that
she knows how to cut through the tape, bring people together and find consensus based solutions,” said
Shelley Kessler, Executive Secretary Treasurer of San Mateo Central Labor Council. “I applaud Speaker
Pérez's appointment of Supervisor Groom to the Coastal Commission.”
“I have worked with Supervisor Groom for many years on a variety of complex land-use issues” said
Linda Asbury, President and CEO of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, “She is a consensus
builder who invites participation from all stakeholders and is inclusive in her approach to policymaking.
While on the Board of Supervisors she has proven to be a stalwart environmentalist who is thorough,
open-minded and well-versed in the technical details before her. I am so happy that all of California will
now get to benefit from one of San Mateo’s finest.”
“As a Supervisor from San Mateo County, which has one of the first and one of the most resource
protective Local Coastal Plans in the state, Supervisor Carole Groom has a track record of working with
members of the community to protect natural resources and public access. She is committed to
applying the policies of the Coastal Act for the benefit of all Californians, the millions of people who are
drawn to the beauty of our unparalleled coastline every year and the wildlife that call the coast home,”
said Ann Notthoff, California Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
“Today, California's central coast won a big victory with the appointment of Supervisor Groom,” said Bill
Nack, Business Manager of the San Mateo County Building and Construction Trades Council. “She is a
straight shooter who has the experience to bring people together to sort through difficult problems."
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 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 Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial state agency. 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.
Groom will assume her position on the Coastal Commission on December 3, 2012.