President pro Tempore De León Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following Rules Committee appointments:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Appointed June 20, 2016

Rachel Buenviaje, an Independent from Redondo Beach, was appointed to the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. She is a Marketing Manager for Nike, Inc. She is also a member of Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, Filipino Women's Network, Culture Shock LA, and Women in Sports & Events. Her term end date is January 1, 2020 and compensation is reimbursement of actual and necessary travel expenses.

The Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs advises the Governor, the Legislature, and state agencies, departments and commissions on issues relating to the social and economic development, and the rights and interests of APIA communities.

James Ghielmetti, a Democrat from San Francisco, was reappointed to the California Transportation Commission. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Signature Homes, Inc. He is also a member of the Bay Area Council Board of Directors, Fisher Center Policy Advisory Board, California Building Industry, and National Association of Homebuilders. Mr. Ghielmetti is a former member of the Tri-Valley Business Council, Transportation Committee; Alameda County Transportation Authority, Expenditure Plan Development Committee; Governor's Commission for the 21st Century; and Solutions on Sunol Coalition Leadership. Mr. Ghielmetti has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the California Transportation Commission since 2009. His term end date is January 1, 2020 and compensation is $100 per meeting day, not exceeding $500 in any one month, and necessary expenses

The California Transportation Commission advises and assists the Secretary of Transportation in formulating and evaluating transportation programs in the state.

Appointed June 1, 2016

Micah Ali, a Democrat from Compton, was appointed to the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Board. He is Chief Advisor, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, for Human Potential Consultants. He also serves on the Compton Unified School District Board. Mr. Ali is a member of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, South Coast Air Quality Management District Environmental Justice Advisory Group, and is president of the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District Board of Trustees. His term end date is June 1, 2020 and there is no compensation.

Each year, the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board shall hold at least three public meetings (one in northern California, one in southern California, and one in central California) to discuss racial and identity profiling, and potential reforms to prevent such profiling. The board shall also investigate and analyze state and local law enforcement agencies' racial and identity profiling policies and practices across geographic areas in California, and make available its findings and recommendations annually.