Coastal Advisory Committee

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Zidron, Joseph

  • Departments:Public Works
  • Divisions:Coastal Advisory Committee
  • Title:Vice Chair
  • Phone:(949) 361-8204
  • Email:
  • Elected and Appointed OfficialsNo

My background in local community service:  My first job in government was to serve as a constituent service intern for a local elected official in the city of Chicago. Additionally,  during graduate school I was nominated as an Urban Fellow in Atlanta and produced a thesis on the impact of a proposed commuter rail line on public mobility in Atlanta.   I entered the Federal Government via the Presidential Management Fellows program which required public service and training in order to complete.   Recently, I have applied for a teaching position at the local community college.  Additionally,  I currently serve as a member of the Department of Homeland Security Surge Capacity Force and had the opportunity to deploy to New York City for 45 days to contribute to the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

My personal statement:  I have had the unique opportunity to work in government in a variety of regions throughout the United States at the local, state, and Federal level.  I got started in local government working for an Alderman in the city of Chicago.    I then worked for the city of Chicago's Department of the Environment for two years.   During graduate school in Atlanta I worked for the University affiliated Public Performance and Management Group that advised state-level elected representatives on issues such as the creation of a statewide trauma care network and the aging of Georgia's population.  Most recently, I have spent the past six years conducting environmental  planning and public outreach for Customs and Border Protection

within the Department of Homeland Security.  I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science from DePaul University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Additionally, I also hold  a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy from the Duke University Environmental Leadership Program.


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What is the purpose of the Coastal Advisory Committee?

The purpose of the Coastal Advisory Committee is to serve in an advocacy role to outside agencies, organizations and individuals to address the beach as a treasured resource in terms of its recreational and economic benefits.  The City has experienced a dramatic loss of beach sand, which has caused damage to beach facilities.  Also, urban runoff and how it affects water quality has become an imminent concern to the City.

When and where do they meet?

The Coastal Advisory Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at City Hall, 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, in the City Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.

How can I present comments to the Coastal Advisory Committee?

The Coastal Advisory Committee represents you, the citizen. Your input is important. Members of the audience who wish to address the Committee are requested to complete one of the forms near the entrance of the meeting room and submit it to the Chairperson.

Who is on the Coastal Advisory Committee and how do they get their positions?

The Coastal Advisory Committee consists of seven citizens who are appointed by the City Council to 2-year terms. A few months before committee member terms expire, the City Clerk posts information on how interested citizens may apply for appointment to the committee.

I want to speak at a Coastal Advisory Committee. What do I do?

To speak at a Coastal Advisory Committee meeting, members of the audience are requested to complete one of the forms near the entrance of the meeting room and submit it to the Chairperson.

How can I serve on the Coastal Advisory Committee?

To become a member of the Coastal Advisory Committee citizens are asked to file an application with the City Clerk, prior to an interview and selection by the City Council.  These selections normally occur in June of each year, or at other times when a vacancy on the Committee occurs.  For more information on applications for Coastal Advisory Committee please send an email to or Staff Contact: Cynthia Mallett – Environmental Programs Supervisor (949) 361-8204

Click here to obtain an application for the Coastal Advisory Committee.

How do I get an agenda or minutes of the Coastal Advisory Committee?

Agendas are available online under Coastal Advisory Committee / Agendas.  Agendas should be available by the Friday before the next scheduled meeting.   Minutes are available online under Coastal Advisory Committee / Minutes.

Where do I find out more information about the Coastal Advisory Committee?

You are welcome to E-Mail or call us for more information at (949) 361-6143.