President pro Tempore De León Announces Rules Committee Appointments

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

Kelli Evans, JD, a Democrat from Oakland, was appointed on August 4 to the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board. Ms. Evans is an attorney and Senior Director, Administration of Justice, State Bar of California. She previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, as a Court Monitor for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, and as Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Fund for Nonviolence, and American Bar Association.

Her term end date is August 4, 2020, and she will not receive compensation nor per diem expenses for her services.

The Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board shall discuss racial and identity profiling, and potential reforms to prevent such profiling and improve diversity and racial sensitivity in law enforcement. 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. 

Ji Hee Huh, a Democrat from Rolling Hills, was appointed to the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Ms. Huh is Vice-Chairman of Pacific-American Fish Company, and serves on the board of directors of the Center for Asians United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE), Southern California Public Radio, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.  She also served on the Chadwick School Board from 2005 to 2012.

Her term end date shall be January 1, 2020, and she may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel expenses.

The Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) 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.

Maria Lucy Armendariz, JD, a Democrat from Oakland, was reappointed to be a State Bar Court Hearing Judge. Currently a State Bar Court Hearing Judge, Ms. Armendariz previously served as Chief of Staff for Senator Gloria Romero, Legal Counsel in Senate and Assembly offices, and as Ombudsman for the California Department of Corrections. She also previously served as a Commissioner on the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care, and as a board member of Leadership California. Ms. Armendariz has served as the Senate Rules Committee appointee as State Bar Court Hearing Judge since 2007.

Her effective date of reappointment shall be November 1, 2016, and her term date end shall be November 1, 2022. The current salary of a State Bar Court Hearing Judge is $172,637.

The State Bar Court Hearing Judge shall efficiently decide any and all regulatory matters pending before the Hearing Department of the State Bar Court.

Atilla Uner, MD, a No Party Preference from Santa Monica, was appointed to the Commission on Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Uner is an emergency physician and managing partner at Antelope Valley Emergency Medical Associates. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, National Association of EMS Physicians, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, among others.

His term end date shall be January 1, 2019, and his compensation shall be reimbursement of actual, necessary, traveling, and other expenses.

The Commission on Emergency Medical Services shall review and approve regulations, standards, and guidelines to be developed by the Emergency Medical Service Authority; advise the Authority on development of an emergency medical data collection system; advise the Director concerning assessment of emergency facilities and services and on the components of an emergency medical services system; and make recommendations for further development and future directions of the emergency medical service system in the state.

Eric Mercado, a Democrat from Long Beach, was appointed to the California Task Force on Family Caregiving. Mr. Mercado is research editor for Los Angeles Magazine, and is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking, an advocacy training program of Arc California.

This is a pleasure term. He will serve without compensation, but shall receive reimbursement for travel and other necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of his official duties, to the extent that private funds are available.

The purpose of the California Task Force on Family Caregiving is to examine issues relative to the challenges faced by family caregivers and opportunities to improve caregiver support, review the current network and services and supports available to caregivers, and make policy recommendations to the Legislature.