President Pro Tempore de León Announces Appointments

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

 

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:

David Steinhart, JD, a Democrat from Marin, has been reappointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. He is an attorney and Director of the Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program. He previously served on the California State Commission on Juvenile Justice, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, the California Child, Youth and Family Coalition, Jewish Family and Children's Services of the Bay Area, and the Family Service Council of California. He has written extensively on a range of state and national juvenile justice and youth crime and violence prevention topics. He has served as a Rules Committee appointee on the Board of State and Community Corrections since 2012.  The term end date shall be July 1, 2020. Members of the board, with the exception of the Chair, shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary travel expenses.

The Board of State and Community Corrections, an entity independent of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shall, among other things, provide statewide leadership, coordination, and technical assistance to promote effective state and local efforts and partnerships in California's adult and juvenile criminal justice system, including addressing gang problems.

Monica Fitzgerald, PhD, a Democrat from Contra Costa, has been appointed to the California Children and Families Commission. She is an associate professor at Saint Mary's College of California. She is a member of the Western Association of Women Historians, Society of Early American Historians, and American Historical Organization. The term end date shall be December 12, 2021. Compensation shall be per diem and reasonable expenses.

The California Children and Families Act, passed by voters in 1998, called for the formation of a State Commission to oversee and support the funding of education, health, and child care programs for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. The California Children and Families Commission, also known as First 5 California, works with 58 First 5 county commissions statewide to develop and fund programs for young children that are tailored to the needs of local communities.

Guy Leemhuis, JD, a Democrat from Riverside, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access. He is an attorney in private practice specializing in family law, probate, civil rights and special education law. He is also president of the Richard T. Fields Bar Association, and a member of the California Black Lawyers Association, National Bar Association, and Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Leemhuis has served as a Rules Committee appointee on the California Commission on Disability Access since 2013. The term end date shall be January 1, 2021.  Compensation shall be $100 per diem while on official business of the commission, not to exceed 12 days per year plus actual and necessary traveling expenses. 

The California Commission on Disability Access researches and prepares advisory reports of findings to the Legislature on issues related to disability access, compliance inspections and continuing education; increases coordination between stakeholders; makes recommendations to promote compliance with federal, and state laws and regulations; and provides uniform information about programmatic and architectural disability access requirements to the stakeholders.

Donelle Dadigan, an Independent from Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Film Commission. She is President and Founder of The Hollywood Museum. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations. The term end date shall be January 24, 2020. Compensation shall be reimbursement for traveling outside the county in which appointee resides to attend meetings.

The California Film Commission encourages motion picture, television and commercial filming in California; supports productions of all sizes and budgets with location assistance and an extensive digital location library, free online permitting, and other production assistance. The commission also administers the state’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program and counsels the Legislature and Governor on issues relating to the motion picture industry.

Felicia Scruggs, a Democrat from Contra Costa, has been reappointed to the California Housing Partnership Corporation Board of Directors. She is Director of Property Management for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation.  She previously served as Director of Property Management for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation from 2004 to 2015. Prior to that she served as the General Manager of Property Management for the Emergency Housing Consortium. She serves on the board of the Affordable Housing Management Association of California, and is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management and various other affordable housing organizations. She previously served on the board of directors of the East Bay Asian Local Community Development Corporation from 2005 to 2016.  She is also a Certified Apartment Manager through the National Apartment Association, a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management, and a Certified Housing Credit Specialist and has received numerous professional awards. Ms. Scruggs has served as a Rules Committee appointee on the California Housing Partnership Board of Directors since 2015.  The term end date shall be January 1, 2021. Members shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses.

The California Housing Partnership Corporation Board of Directors raises and disburses private equity capital for housing projects intended primarily to benefit low- and very low-income households that are sponsored by nonprofit housing development corporations or to develop these projects if there are no local nonprofit housing development corporations.

Honorable Luis Chavez, a Democrat from Fresno, has been appointed to the California Organized Investment Network Advisory Board. He is a Fresno City Councilmember.  He previously served on the Fresno Unified School District Board of Trustees.  He is a member of Reading and Beyond, the League of California Cities, California School Boards Association, and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The term end date shall be December 31, 2019.  Members shall not receive compensation from the state for their services under this section but, when called to attend a meeting of the board, may be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the meeting.

Within the jurisdiction of the Department of Insurance, the California Organized Investment Network Advisory Board advises the Investment Network on the best methods to increase the level of insurance industry capital in safe and sound investments while providing fair returns to investors and social benefits to underserved communities.

Ali Tweini, a Democrat from Los Angeles, and Barry Broad, JD, a Democrat from Sacramento, have been appointed to the Employment Training Panel. Mr. Tweini is a collection representative, recording secretary and political coordinator for UCLA Health System and Teamsters Local 2010. He is a board member of the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance, among other organizations, and is a member of the Path to Positive LA Leadership Circle. The term end date shall be January 1, 2019. Compensation shall be $100 per diem plus necessary traveling and other expenses.

Mr. Broad is an attorney and managing partner of Broad & Gusman LLP. He is a member of Teamsters Local 853 and the State Bar of California.  Mr. Broad has served as a Rules Committee appointee on the Employment Training Panel since 2002. The term end date shall be January 1, 2020. Compensation shall be $100 per diem plus necessary traveling and other expenses.

The Employment Training Panel is a statewide economic development program to support the overall California economy by ensuring that employers have the trained workers they need to compete in the global economy. They will establish a three-year plan that shall be updated annually; maintain a system to monitor economic and other data required; solicit proposals and write contracts; develop a process by which local workforce investment boards may apply for marketing resources for the purpose of identifying local employers that have training needs; and coordinate and consult with business groups and labor organizations.

Sejal Choksi-Chugh, JD, a Democrat from Contra Costa, has been appointed to the Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee. She is an attorney and Executive Director of San Francisco Baykeeper. She is also a member of the State Bar of California. She served as a Rules Committee appointee on the Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2010. This is a pleasure term.  Compensation shall be $100 per meeting day plus all necessary travel expenses at state per diem rates.

The Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the Oil Spill Administrator, the State Lands Commission, the California Coastal Commission, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Public Utilities Commission on any provision of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, including the promulgation of all rules, regulations, guidelines and policies. The committee may study, comment on, or evaluate, any aspect of oil spill prevention and response in the state.

Teresa Alvarado, a Democrat from Santa Clara, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. She is the San Jose Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) Association.  She previously served as Executive Director of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. She also serves on the board of directors of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, and Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, among others. For those who are not federal or state employees, members shall receive per diem of $100/meeting not to exceed four meeting days/month.  Anyone receiving per diem from another source may not receive this per diem.

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission regulates the development of the San Francisco Bay through studying the needs of industry, the environment, recreation, population, etc.  The commission also reviews and amends the master plan, and reviews and acts on landfill, dredging, and other permit applications. 

Honorable Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, has been reappointed to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. Senator Lara represents Senate District 33 in Southeast Los Angeles County. Prior to his 2012 Senate election, Senator Lara served in the state Assembly where he represented the 50th Assembly District. He currently is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Vice Chair of the Legislative LGBT Caucus. The conservancy term end date is January 24, 2020. 

The San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy acquires and manages public lands within the Lower Los Angeles River and San Gabriel River watersheds to provide open-space; low-impact recreational and educational uses; water conservation; watershed improvement; and wildlife and habitat restoration and protection. 

Debbie Manning, a Democrat from Sacramento, has been appointed to the State Bar of California Board of Trustees. She is a retired Chief Sergeant at Arms for the California Senate, a former member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and the National Legislative Service and Security Association.  The term end date shall be January 1, 2020. Compensation shall be $50.00 per day, not to exceed $500.00 per month plus necessary expenses (public members only).

The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system. The State Bar’s governing body, the Board of Trustees, develops the guiding policies and principles underpinning its regulatory mission.

Joshua Perttula, JD, a Democrat from Los Angeles, has been reappointed to the State Bar of California. He is an attorney and President of Kirra, LLC. He is a member of the American Bar Association, California Bar Association, and Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors. Mr. Perttula was appointed as a Rules Committee appointee to the State Bar Board of Trustees in September 2017. A provision in the statute precluded him from serving on the board until the annual meeting of the State Bar, next proceeding his appointment (or September 2018). The term end date shall be January 1, 2020. Compensation shall be $50.00 per day, not to exceed $500.00 per month plus necessary expenses (public members only).

The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system. The State Bar’s governing body, the Board of Trustees, develops the guiding policies and principles underpinning its regulatory mission.

Pamela Ling, M.D., a Democrat from San Francisco, has been reappointed to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.   She is a member of the American Public Health Association, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, American College of Physicians, among others. She has been a Rules Committee appointee to the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee since January 2007.  The term end date shall be January 1, 2020. Compensation shall be necessary travel expenses.

The Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee is the advisory committee charged with overseeing the use of Proposition 99 and Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenues for tobacco control and prevention education and for tobacco-related research. In performing this mandate, the Committee provides advice to the Department of Public Health, the University of California, and the State Department of Education regarding the administration of the Proposition 99 and Proposition 56-funded programs. The Committee also publishes and periodically updates a state master plan for tobacco control and tobacco-related research, and makes recommendations to the State Legislature for improving tobacco control and tobacco-related research efforts in California.

 

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