Senator Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, has been appointed to the California State Parks and Recreation Commission, the first time a sitting state senator has been named to the body.
Pavley, who represents the cities of Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura and Woodland Hills in the 27th State Senate Disrict, will occupy an ex officio post on the commission, meaning she cannot vote on policy matters, but will attend meetings and advise the other commissioners.
“California State Parks are both an important part of our heritage and an economic engine, drawing millions of visitors each year,” Pavley said in a statement. “I look forward to this opportunity to help keep our Parks system strong for generations to come.
She was appointed by the California State Senate Rules Committee.
The California State Parks and Recreation Commission is responsible for approving specific plans and policies for properties under the State Parks system, and making recommendations to the Parks Director.
The State Assembly will also name an ex officio member. These posts were added to the Commission in the wake of last year’s discovery of millions of dollars hidden in a pair of accounts within the Parks Department. This incident prompted the resignation of the previous Parks director and the departure of numerous staff members.
“We are pleased with the appointment,” said Roy Stearns, Deputy Director for Communications with the Department of Parks and Recreation. “She has always been a strong park supporter and we look forward to working with her.”
As chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, Pavley oversees the Parks Department for the Senate. Senator Fran Pavley organized community support to keep Los Encinos State Park open after cuts to the Parks budget.