SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The California Coastal Commission today elected Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Padilla as its first openly LGBT chair.
Padilla, who was unanimously elected to the position, is also the first chair from San Diego County is several decades. Previously, he had served as the commission’s vice-chair.
As chair, Padilla said he plans to prioritize mitigating the effects of climate change, expanding access to coastal areas, opposing offshore drilling and supporting environmental justice.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon appointed Padilla to the commission in 2017. He also previously served on the commission from 2005 to 2007.
Padilla has served on the council from 1994 to 2002 and since 2016.