Per the OC Register today,
…two Orange County legislators sent a letter to state Attorney General Kamala Harris asking her to investigate the “compatibility” of Burke’s dual appointments to the coastal commission and to the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Coastal commission staff has recommended that commissioners reject a request by the city of Newport Beach to remove 60 fire pits from its beaches while the air district is pursuing a policy change that would outlaw all beach bonfires in Los Angeles and Orange County. “It is our belief that these offices are incompatible,” wrote Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, R-Costa Mesa, and Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, in their letter dated Monday. Mansoor also questioned Burke’s recent remarks comparing Newport Beach fire rings to “carpet bombing” in Vietnam.
The Daily Pilot also covered the story here, but we can not find similar coverage so far in their parent, the LA Times. We covered Burke and the controversy on the 10th. and 9th of April, suggesting that as Chair of the SCAQMD he be invited to an HB City Council meeting to explain his position on banning the popular fire rings in ALL of California and take questions. The Register story also correctly labeled Burke as a “perpetual political appointee”.
Walters and Mansoor also wrote of Burke’s obvious conflict in holding positions on both the AQMD and Coastal Commission and violation of state law per the Pilot:
The two argued that Burke should resign from the AQMD because, they claim, California’s Government Code 1099 dictates that he keep the most recent appointment, which was to the Coastal Commission. Instead, Burke resigned his Coastal Commission post in a letter to Assembly Speaker John A. Perez dated April 12.
We’ll post the legislators’ letter if our requests for a copy of it are successful.