Deciding on a new appointment to the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (McKMAC), Supervisor Ryan Sundberg has said he is striving for balance to ensure the committee’s recommendations have credibility.
At the Oct. 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, Sundberg announced that Committee Member Tim Hooven will be resigning and Jen Kalt of Humboldt Baykeeper will be his replacement.
Kalt represents land use viewpoints that have become politically marginalized due to recent election trends. But Sundberg said her involvement in the committee will strengthen it.
“I want to try and balance that board out and have a wide array of opinions and thoughts on it,” he continued. “I want to have a strong Municipal Advisory Committee so when we get an opinion from them, we know it’s got a wide range of views and it’s something to take seriously.”
Sundberg said he believes the committee’s work has been valuable.
“That board is growing and has been doing a great job getting information out to the public,” he said, naming the formative Central Avenue pedestrian and traffic safety project as an example.
The re-appointments of Barbara Georgianna and Eleanor Sullivan to the eight-member committee were on the meeting’s consent agenda and were approved.