Francisco, CA - On March 6,
Ross Mirkarimi was appointed to the
California Coastal Commission by the California Senate Rules Committee.
Mirkarimi, who currently sits on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after
being elected in 2004, is the first appointee to the California Coastal
Commission from San Francisco in at least 30 years according to his office.
The California Coastal Commission, which is composed of 12 members, is the state agency whose responsibility is the protection of the California Coastline. Its members are appointed by the Governor, the Senate Rules Committee, and the Assembly Speaker. In a statement, Mirkarimi was quoted as saying, "I eagerly look forward to serving on the Commission and getting down to the business of protecting one of California's most precious assets: our 840-mile coastline." Mirkarimi will be representing the counties of San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma, during his term on the Coastal Commission until his position expires in 2011.
Mirkarimi, who is of both of Iranian and Russian descent, was a co-founder of the California chapter of the Green Party. His current district within the Board of Supervisors, District 5, encompasses the Haight-Ashbury district which is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the greater Bay Area. Furthermore, Mirkarimi has worked to bring transparency to City Hall and make its actions more accountable to the people. He has also been a tireless supporter of the Iranian American community in the Bay Area. In 2006, he joined San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom in hosting 500 guests from across the Bay Area for the 1st Annual Nowruz Celebration in City and County of San Francisco.
Mirkarimi holds a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Louis University. He later received a master's degree in international economics and affairs from Golden Gate University and a master's degree in environmental science from the University of San Francisco. A resident of San Francisco since 1984, Mirkarimi is "Greatly honored and humbled" by his recent appointment.
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