In tragic and shocking news, Marin County Supervisor Charles McGlashan, 49, died late Sunday evening of an apparent heart attack after a ski weekend at Lake Tahoe. He had served as County Supervisor since 2005. He is survived by his wife, Carol Misseldine.
As CGA’s local government representative to Marin County I had numerous conversations on several subjects with Supervisor McGlashan over the years. As noted by others, his enthusiasm for Marin County and his passion for environmental causes was immense. While we rarely agreed on policy issues there was not a single conversation that did not end on a lighter note with a genuine resolve to keep working. His genuine leadership was a gift and he used it well.
It is important to recognize that both Supervisor McGlashan and his wife, Carol, tremendously influenced the single-use bag discussion. Supervisor McGlashan moved Marin County towards a single-use bag ordinance after several years of work from the neighborhood level all the way to the State Legislature. Carol is responsible for the Green Cities California MEA which served as the base for the Los Angeles County and San Jose ordinances. Marin County passed its bag ordinance earlier this year with Supervisor McGlashan as its primary author.
An article from the Marin Independent Journal is available here.