President Pro Tempore De León Announces Appointments

Wednesday, June 07, 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:

Richard Cowan, a No Party Preference from Gold River, has been reappointed to the Historic State Capitol Commission. Mr. Cowan is a construction engineer and president of Cowan Construction Services, Inc. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, Design Build Institute of America, Lean Construction Institute, and Association of California Construction Managers. Mr. Cowan has served as a President pro Tempore appointee on the Historic State Capitol Commission since 2006. He also served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the Capitol Area Committee from 2011 to 2015. His term end date shall be January 1, 2023.  Compensation shall be travel and living expenses.

The Historic State Capitol Commission is responsible for advising the state on policies relating to the State Capitol building and its surrounding park and grounds bound by 10th, L, 15th and N Streets in Sacramento.

Grant S. Green, a Democrat from Fair Oaks, has been appointed to the Lower American River Conservancy Advisory Committee. Mr. Green is retired from state service, where he worked for the California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, and for Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante. Prior to this he worked as a reporter for the Sacramento Bee. He is also president of Save the American River Association, and is a member of the American River Natural History Association. This is a pleasure term. Members of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation. 

The purpose of the Lower American River Conservancy Advisory Committee is to advise the Wildlife Conservation Board on the implementation and administration of the Lower American River Conservancy Program, and the expenditure of bond funds and other appropriations for the benefit of the American River Parkway and related lands, among other things.

Honorable Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from the East Bay, has been appointed to the Wildlife Conservation Board. A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Sen. Skinner completed three terms in the State Assembly. In the Assembly, Sen. Skinner served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources. Sen. Skinner is a past member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board. She also served on the Board of the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus. This is a pleasure term.

The Wildlife Conservation Board shall investigate and determine what areas in the State are most essential and suitable for wildlife production and preservation, and will provide suitable recreation; determine which lands are suitable for refuges, game farms, fish hatcheries, and what streams and lakes are suitable for, or can be made suitable for fishing, hunting, and shooting; ascertain what lands are suitable for providing cover for the propagation and rearing in a wild state of waterfowl, shore birds, and upland birds, and the possibilities of acquiring easements on such lands to provide such cover.

Honorable Anthony Portantino, a Democrat from Los Angeles, has been appointed to the International Genocide Memorial Commission. From 2006 to 2012, Portantino represented the 44th Assembly District. While in the Assembly he chaired the Committees on Higher Education, Revenue and Taxation, and the Select Committee on the Preservation of the Entertainment Industry. Senator Portantino also served on the California Film Commission. Senator Portantino has a long and distinguished record of service which includes nearly eight years on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, with two terms as Mayor and vice chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee. He also served as president of the League of California Cities Mayors and Councilmembers Department, and the legislative chair of the California Contract Cities Association. This is a pleasure term.

The International Genocide Memorial Commission shall establish a schedule for design, construction and dedication of the memorial; implement procedures to solicit designs for the memorial and devise a selection process for the choice of the design; select individuals or organizations to provide fundraising services and to construct the memorial; and report to the Legislature biannually on the progress.