Recently appointed as the fourth member of the California Ocean Protection Council, 35th District State Assemblyman Pedro Nava said he is committed to preserving the 1,100 miles of coastline that make California special.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger created the council in fall 2004 when he signed the California Ocean Protection Act. Nava said the council coordinates the efforts of dozens of state and federal land management agencies concerned with development of coastal land, dealing with matters ranging from oil development to water runoff. Its first meeting was held March 21, 2005.

California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu