President Pro Tempore De León Announces Appointments

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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

Youngsun Park, JD, a Democrat from Huntington Beach, was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy. Ms. Park is an attorney and partner at Park & Asher. She serves on the City of Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force, Korean American Health Coalition, Korean American Federation of Orange County, and Orange County Korean American Bar Association. Her term end date is January 1, 2020, and compensation shall be $100 per diem and expenses for her services.

The California Board of Accountancy establishes and maintains entry standards of qualification and conduct; administers the national Certified Public Accountant examination; and certifies, issues and renews licenses.

Honorable Dean Florez, a Democrat from La Canada Flintridge, was reappointed to the Air Resources Board. Former Senator Florez is President and Chief Executive Officer of Balance Public Relations.  Prior to that he was Chief of 20 Million Minds Fund. He served in the California Senate from 2002 to 2010, and in the California Assembly from 1998 to 2002. Senator Florez has served a pleasure term as a Senate Committee appointee since February 2016. His term end date is January 1, 2023.  Compensation shall be $41,889 per year (with provisions for cost of living increases) provided they devote a minimum of 60 hours per month to board work. Salary reduced proportionately if less than 60 hours worked.   

The Air Resources Board is responsible for the control of emissions from motor vehicles and coordinates, encourages, and reviews the efforts of all levels of government as they affect air quality.

Honorable Rishi Kumar, a Democrat from Saratoga, was appointed to the Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel. Councilmember Kumar is vice president of Smart Utility Systems, a mobile and cloud technologies company for the energy and utility sectors. He previously worked as general manager of Imaginea Technologies, an enterprise digitization company, and prior to that he worked at Cisco Systems, and IBM. He is also a Saratoga City Councilmember. He is a founding member of Silicon Valley Coders Club that teaches children coding, programming and entrepreneurship.  He is also a member of The Indus Entrepreneur, Saratoga Cares Foundation, and a former Planning Commissioner for the City of Saratoga.  Councilmember Kumar has also served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the Regents Selection Advisory Committee since 2014.  This is a pleasure term. There is no compensation.

The Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel shall submit a computer strategic implementation plan to the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature that includes, at a minimum, recommendations on the following: (1) broadening the pool of teachers to teach computer science, (2) defining computer science education principles that meet the needs of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and (3) ensuring that all pupils have access to quality computer science courses.

Carl Cranor, PhD, a Democrat from Riverside, was reappointed to the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program Scientific Guidance Panel. Dr. Cranor is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and a faculty member of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Collelgium Ramazzini, among others. Dr. Cranor has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the panel since 2013. His term end date shall be January 1, 2020. Members shall be reimbursed for travel and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, but shall not receive a salary or compensation.

The California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program Scientific Guidance Panel shall assist the California Department of Public Health and California Environmental Protection Agency by providing scientific peer review and making recommendations regarding the design and implementation of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program, including making specific recommendations for chemicals that are priorities for biomonitoring in California.

Jennie Carreon de Lacey, a Democrat from Los Angeles, was appointed to the Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Ms. Carreon de Lacey is Director of Government Relations for AltaMed.  She also previously served as a SEA Charter School Board member. Her term end date shall be January 1, 2021.  Members shall receive reimbursement of actual and necessary expenses.

The Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees shall solicit and receive funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships or loan repayments to underrepresented minority groups, including the economically disadvantaged, for education in the health professions. Award recipients agree to provide direct patient care in a medically underserved area of the state for a period of one to four years.

Angie S. Wei, a Democrat from Sacramento, was reappointed to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. Ms. Wei is Chief of Staff for the California Labor Federation.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Asian Immigrant Women's Advocates, and Californians for Justice.  She has been a Rules Committee appointee to the Health and Safety and Workers Compensation Commission since 2005. Her term end date shall be December 31, 2020.  Compensation shall be $100 for each day of actual attendance at meetings and other official business of the commission plus actual and necessary traveling expenses.

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation shall conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases; issue an annual report including recommendations for administrative or legislative modifications which would improve the operation of the system; review and approve applications from employers and employee organizations for grants to assist in establishing effective occupational injury and illness prevention projects.

Maggie Merritt, a Democrat from Sacramento, was appointed to the No Place Like Home Program Advisory Committee. Ms. Merritt is Executive Director of the Steinberg Institute.  She previously worked for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  She is also a former member of the National Women's Political Caucus. This is a pleasure term. There is no compensation.

The No Place Like Home Program Advisory Committee shall assist and advise the Department of Housing and Community Development in the implementation of the No Place Like Home Program; review and make recommendations on the department's guidelines; review the department's progress in distributing moneys pursuant to the program; and provide advice and guidance on statewide homelessness issues.

Teresa M. Davies, a Democrat from San Jose, was reappointed to the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Ms. Davies operates Avi Reve, LLC, a social entertainment company and Wine and Design, an art studio. She previously worked as a Senior Manager for Pacific Gas & Electric, and is a veteran. Ms. Davies has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the Board of Occupational Therapy since January 2016. Her term end date shall be December 31, 2020. Compensation shall be $100 per diem and reasonable travel and other expenses.

The California Board of Occupational Therapy shall regulate the licensure of occupational therapists and the certification of occupational therapy assistants; administer, coordinate, and enforce the provisions of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act; evaluate qualifications; and approve the examinations for licensure.

Felipe Martin, a Democrat from Elk Grove, was reappointed to the Prison Industry Board. Mr. Martin is a general engineering contractor and President and Chief Executive Officer of Martin Brothers Construction.  He is a member of Construction Financial Managers Association, United Contractors Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Society of American Military Engineers.  Mr. Martin has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the board since 2015.  He attended 5 of 6 meetings in 2016. His term end date shall be January 1, 2021. Compensation shall be per diem and actual and necessary travel expenses.

The Prison Industry Board shall oversee the operations of the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) and the performance of the industrial, agricultural and service enterprises employing prisoners in institutions. The Board also determines which new industries shall be established, and is charged with ensuring that enterprises are self-sufficient and that they do not have a substantial adverse effect upon private enterprises.

 Michael Daly, a No Party Preference from San Rafael, was appointed to the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board. Mr. Daly is Chief Probation Officer for Marin County.   He is a member of Chief Probation Officers of California, Municipal Management Association of Northern California, American Probation and Parole Association, and California Association of Probation Services Administrators. This is a pleasure term. There is no compensation. 

The California Rehabilitation Oversight Board examines the various mental health, substance abuse, educational, and employment programs for inmates and parolees operated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; makes recommendations with respect to modifications, additions, and eliminations of rehabilitation and treatment programs; and reports to the Governor and the Legislature biannually on such things as the effectiveness of treatment efforts, rehabilitation needs of offenders, gaps in rehabilitation services in the department and levels of offender participation and success rates.

Servando Ornelas, a Democrat from Los Angeles, was appointed to the Structural Pest Control Board. Mr. Ornelas is a deputy probation officer and community college professor. He is a member of the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association, California Peace Officers Association, and American Federation of Teachers, among others. The term end date shall be June 1, 2020. Compensation shall be $100 per diem and expenses

The purpose of the Structural Pest Control Board is to regulate and license pest control operators. The board shall also consult with the Director of Food and Agriculture when developing or adopting regulations that may affect the department.

 

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