Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

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Santa Barbara City Councilmember Meagan Harmon (courtesy photo)
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By edhat staff

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Santa Barbara City Councilmember Meagan Harmon to the California Coastal Commission on Tuesday.

Harmon, a Democrat who has served as a Santa Barbara Councilmember since 2019, is replacing former Pismo Beach councilmember Erik Howell.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams and Oxnard City Councilmember Vianey Lopez were also seeking the appointment.

According to the statement from the Governor's office, this position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. 

Harmon is the first vice president for the Channel Cities Division and a member of the Housing Community and Economic Development Policy Committee at the CA League of Cities. She is also an Associate at Hepner & Myers LLP since 2020 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University.

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bumblebee May 06, 2021 03:47 PM
Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

For the health and safety of the coast, is she willing to oppose Newsome's release of 76,000 inmates? Those released inmates are only going to end up in the homeless camps and end up contributing to the environmental problems that those encampments cause.

citizenSB May 06, 2021 02:56 PM
Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

I do not know much about Harmon either, but looked up her resume on linkedin -- JD for NYU worked as a lawyer in LA for 3 years 9 months and now City Council. She went to highschool in Lompoc.
I do know Williams and have become increasing tired of his money grab. Basically anything that brings money to his city, state, county, union is a win for Williams. He views his job as extracting more money from the citizens.
I'd certainly give Harmon a try and the bar is very low to do better than Williams.

Bird May 05, 2021 06:51 PM
Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

No, she will keep her council seat, assuming she is elected this November. It's not a conflict. Gregg Hart did both... and was not a stellar coastal commissioner in the opinion of many. She will also keep her legal jobs. ...Who said that being a city councilmember was a full-time job? No one except some foolish voters.

PitMix May 05, 2021 03:25 PM
Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

Appointed to the Council, ran unopposed in last election, and now appointed to the Commission. Seems like we have another Monique Limon-type politician on our hands where everything is a series of green lights for her. Interesting how that works for some people.

Bird May 06, 2021 09:18 AM
Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

Then, I apologize re the MA; I saw a letter sent by a MA board member with a long list of signatures and assumed it was the association policy to oppose his nomination. I still think he would have been an excellent coastal commissioner while Harmon has shown zero participation in any of SB city coastal issues, sea level rise, for instance - not on that committee that worked to produce that report. Tutored by the late Mickey Flacks she's very big on union issues and likely will favor increased housing in the coastal zone, here and statewide. And, a newcomer to Santa Barbara with no contested electoral experience, she has not shown ability to listen to or hear those with differing opinons. ...This, of course, is a statewide commission and a longterm appointment.

a-1620273518 May 05, 2021 08:58 PM
Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

I had some of these same questions, Bird. Harmon has not been elected, and has no track record of accomplishments that would merit this appointment. There were better qualified candidates from Ventura. I wonder why they were skipped over in favor of Harmon. Can't agree with you about Das, though. I am a member of the Montecito Association, and they never issued any call-to-action or statement to oppose his nomination. The Concerned Carpinterians led a heck of a charge to do that, from their direct experience of him, apparently.

Bird May 05, 2021 06:48 PM
Meagan Harmon Appointed to California Coastal Commission

Why is a Lompoc native who's shown no known (publicly known, at least -- she probably has walked on the beach) coastal involvement preferable over just about any of the others, including Das? It's supposed to be for an elected official; she has been appointed and then next was again appointed when there was no opposition in her district; she has _never_ had a contested election, faced the voters. Das, otoh, has had 2 council elections, 2 Assembly elections and 2 BOSelections and has had a clear interest and concern for coastal issues, as well as being a Santa Barbara native. (And, yes, Das has worked to protect birds, shorebirds, and their habitats.)

He got defeated by a massive amount of email, orchestrated in part by the Montecito Association, in opposition to his cannabis votes. I, too, opposed his actions there, but think he would have made an excellent coastal commissioner. Harmon has shown on the Council that she is one way all the way, for her own interests. This is a very unfortunate choice by Newsom.

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