North Campus Open Space
Ranked by Capitol Weekly among the Top 100 Movers and Shakers in California in 2013, Mark Macarro serves as tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Mark Macarro holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), which is working to restore wetlands and habitats in its North Campus Open Space.
In 2013, UCSB received a donation of 63 acres of a former golf course from the Trust for Public Land, which bought the land with $7 million in grant funds. UCSB is working to restore this land and its adjacent uplands, which together form 136 acres known as the North Campus Open Space (NCOS).
Through this collaborative restoration project, UCSB aims to preserve the wetlands of the upper Devereux Slough. Wetland preservation is an ever-growing need in California, which has lost 90 percent of its wetlands as a result of development over the last 150 years. Upon completion, the restored North Campus Open Space will form part of a 650-acre open coastal area consisting of the South Parcel, the Coal Oil Point Reserve, and Ellwood-Devereux preserve.
Since 2002, Mark Macarro has served the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians as tribal chairman. Recognized as one of Capitol Weekly’s 2013 Top Political Movers and Shakers in California, he also holds the position of alternate area vice president for the Pacific Region of the National Congress of the American Indians. Mark Macarro earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, which contributes to efforts to preserve the Sedgwick Reserve in Santa Ynez Valley.
Consisting of 6,000 acres, the Sedgwick Reserve belongs to the UC Natural Reserve System, which dates back to 1965 and offers undisturbed environments for research and public service. The reserve boasts rolling hills and large areas of grassland, contrasted by a ridge of serpentine rock. In addition to its oak savannas and coastal sage scrub, the Sedgewick reserve features a diverse array of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, golden eagles, tarantulas, pallid bats, and some 200 species of moths.
Serving as a venue for research and education, the Sedgewick Reserve draws astrophysicists interested in using the Byrne Observatory Telescope. It also hosts a variety of events from monthly hikes and workshops to public lectures and community events led by volunteer docents.
To learn more about the Sedgewick Reserve, visit www.news.ucsb.edu/sense-wonder.
Mark Macarro leads the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians as tribal chairman, an elected post he has held since 2002. He aspires to ensure political self-determination and economic well-being for the Pechanga people. For his efforts, Mark Macarro was named the 50th most influential player in state politics in 2016 by Capitol Weekly, an online political news website published by nonprofit Open California.
Established to expand upon the mission of Capitol Weekly, Open California seeks to inform California residents about state governance within the state. The nonprofit publishes nonpartisan articles on political issues and hosts discussions on public policy in California. Other projects that Open California manages include The Roundup, a daily e-newsletter detailing the latest issues in Sacramento; The Top 100, an annual listing of the biggest non-elected political players in Sacramento; and Politics on Tap, a twice-weekly television and online talk show covering the most recent hot-button issues in politics.
Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List
Mark Macarro has served as the tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians since 2002. Mark Macarro focuses much of his attention on political support of laws related to tribal gaming and off-reservation casinos. His efforts on behalf of the community were recognized in 2014, when he received a spot on Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List as an unelected political figure.
Each year, Capitol Weekly, which covers California politics and government, releases a list of prominent Californian citizens who have had a positive influence on their communities or the state. The list most often includes attorneys and fundraising professionals working in the political sector.
In 2014, however, Capitol Weekly decided to highlight other individuals making strides in government-related work. Those listed were notable for playing a valuable role in Los Angeles politics as well as contributing to the work of the California Endowment and the University of California. In addition, the California Professional Firefighters president and a Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations representative received spots among the top 100. To learn more about the list and those honored, visit www.capitolweekly.net.