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Coastal Commission nominees are finalized 

Just before the Jan. 22 nomination deadline, a total of five nominees for an open California Coastal Commission seat were sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for perusal.

Pismo Beach City Councilman Erik Howell and Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson were nominated from San Luis Obispo County.

Goleta Mayor Michael T. Bennett was the sole Santa Barbara County nominee.

Oxnard City Councilwoman Carmen Ramirez and Port Hueneme Mayor Jonathan Sharkey were Ventura County’s picks.

The nominees, as required by law, are all elected officials from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, or Ventura counties. They’re vying for the commission’s South Central Coast seat, which has been held by Ventura City Councilman Brian Brennan since April 2011.

Brennan chose not to run for re-election on his City Council in November 2013, putting the seat up for grabs.

Three of the five nominees received a coveted “double nomination”—an endorsement from multiple boards/committees.

The Board of Supervisors in both SLO and Santa Barbara counties nominated Howell. The Santa Barbara supes and the Ventura County City Selection Committee (a group of mayors from all county cities) nominated Ramirez. The Santa Barbara supes and the Santa Barbara City Selection Committee nominated Bennett.

Ramirez and Howell were the only candidates to receive nominations from multiple counties.

Gov. Brown must either make an appointment in the 30 days following Jan. 22 or call for a new round of nominees.

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