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September 13, 2006


[Rachel's introduction: Britt Bailey, who successfully shepherded a
precautionary principle ordinance through the legislative process
in Mendocino County, has now been appointed to the County Planning

By James Arens

Fifth District Supervisor David Colfax has nominated Gualala
environmentalist and community activist Britt Bailey to succeed
attorney Don Lipmanson as his appointed planning commissioner.

Bailey is an environmental policy teacher, the director of the
Environmental Commons, an eight-year member and former chairwoman of
the Gualala Municipal Advisory Council (GMAC) and coordinator of the
Mendocino Partnership for the Precautionary Principle.

Colfax has worked with Bailey in the past on various projects and said
he nominated her because of her commitment, ability and reputation.

"I think she has demonstrated her commitment to planning issues,"
Colfax said. "And she already has some experience working on coastal
development permits with GMAC to help assist the Planning Commission.
I also wanted to find someone wanting to make the commitment to spend
a couple of long days working on planning issues each month."

Lipmanson said Colfax has made a good decision for his replacement on
the Planning Commission.

"I can't think of a better choice," Lipmanson said in a written
statement." Britt brings intelligence, experience and commitment to a
demanding but immensely rewarding job."

Bailey, who will be appointed in January when Colfax begins his third
term on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, is looking forward
to the new challenges of being on the Mendocino County Planning

"I have been involved with the Gualala Municipal Advisory Council for
the past eight years, and Supervisor Colfax informed me about this
opening and I think the position will be very interesting," Bailey
said. "I am also involved with environmental policy and I've dealt
with coastal issues for a while and I am looking forward to dealing
with inland issues now as well."

The Mendocino County Planning Commission has seven members and all are
appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Timber and Agriculture hold two
seats, and each supervisor appoints a member, whose appointment is
subject to board ratification.

James Arens can be reached at

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