Steve Madrone for supervisor of the 5th District

I am writing to express my support for Steve Madrone for supervisor of the 5th District. I appreciate his professionalism, his work for environmental issues and trails, his support of jobs and economic growth, and fair wages for all.

Having a representative on the California Coastal Commission from Humboldt County can be an advantage when advocating for local business interests like Coast Seafoods, and I thank Ryan Sundberg for that. However, his record was ranked last of all 12 Commissioners by Act Coastal, the California Coast Accountability Project, a campaign to protect California’s coast by bringing transparency and accountability to the California Coastal Commission. Using the Coastal Act as a guide, the California Coastal Commission Conservation Report Card ranks the voting record of each Coastal Commissioner on the most significant permit applications and enforcement actions considered by the Commission for 2017. (

Combined with his voting record on the Board of Supervisors favoring big cannabis producers and development interests over small producers and environmental concerns, I believe his representation on the Coastal Commission will prove to be a disadvantage for us and for California.

It is time for a change.

Thank you,

Julie Jonte, McKinleyville