SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has been appointed to the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC). He will continue to serve on the California State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy).
“I’m pleased to continue to serve with the State Coastal Conservancy, which ensures that future generations of Californians will have the opportunity to enjoy our precious coastal resources. Additionally, I look forward to my new role serving on the Ocean Protection Council, which puts science first to determine how to best protect our ocean and coastal ecosystems.” said Stone. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to add my voice to policy discussions about protecting sensitive habitat and improving access to our beautiful coastline.”
Stone was appointed to the positions by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles). On the Conservancy’s Governing Board, he will continue to serve as one of six legislators who provide legislative oversight. On the OPC, Stone will serve as one of two legislative representatives.
The Coastal Conservancy works to provide coastal access, protect and restore habitat, and improve waterfront development. As an independent body, it helps resolve complex land issues amongst governmental entities, citizens, and the private sector. The Conservancy coordinates with and complements the work of the Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. For more information, visit http://scc.ca.gov/.
OPC works to provide state agencies with important resources regarding marine plastic pollution, sea-level rise, fisheries management, and other critical issues. For more information, visit http://www.opc.ca.gov/.
Stone is a uniquely experienced appointee. For the last five years, Stone has served as a member of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, where he has championed policies to protect and preserve the coastal environment. Also during his time in the Assembly, he has served as Chair of the Select Committee on Coastal Protection and Access to Natural Resources, which has held hearings investigating oil spill prevention efforts, plastic garbage effects on the coastal environment, offshore fracking, beach erosion, coastal access for all Californians, problems associated with rising sea levels, and desalination. Prior to his service in the Assembly, Stone represented the Central Coast as a member of the California Coastal Commission.
For more information: Arianna Smith