President Pro Tempore De León Announces Appointments

Wednesday, September 13, 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:

Sara Aminzadeh, JD, a Democrat from San Francisco, has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission.  Ms. Aminzadeh is an attorney and advocate who serves as Executive Director of California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), an eighteen year old network of Waterkeeper organizations fighting for swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waters for California communities and ecosystems.  Aminzadeh directs CCKA initiatives to protect and defend California’s oceans, bays, and rivers, including the Alliance’s climate change adaptation program to help California communities prepare for sea-level rise and ocean acidification. Aminzadeh has been researching and writing about the subjects of climate change, human rights, and sea-level rise for more than fifteen years, including work at the Center for International Environmental Law and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  The term end date shall be May 20, 2021.  Members receive $50 per meeting and $12.50 per hour in preparation for each meeting not to exceed 8 hours per meeting, and actual and necessary expenses.

The California Coastal Commission is responsible for defending and improving California’s coast and ocean for current and future generations.  It does so through environmentally–sustainable planning and science–based regulation of development, education, strong public participation, and effective intergovernmental coordination.

Marcy Adelman, PhD, a Democrat from San Francisco, has been appointed to the California Commission on Aging. Ms. Adelman is self-employed as a psychologist/therapist.  She also serves on the Dignity Fund Oversight and Advisory Committee for the City and County of San Francisco, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Nevada (AANCN), Advisory Council to the Aging and Adult Service Commission for the City and County of San Francisco, Advisory Committee to the LGBT Dementia Care Project of AANCN, and is a member of the American Society on Aging, and the American Psychological Association, among others.  Her term end date shall be October 13, 2020. Compensation shall be necessary expenses.

The California Commission on Aging serves as the principal advocate body for older persons. The commission’s activities include, but are not limited to, advisory participation in the consideration of all legislation and regulations made by state and federal departments and agencies relating to programs and services that affect older individuals; coordination with the Department of Aging in training workshops; preparing, publishing, and disseminating information about findings and recommendations regarding the well-being of older individuals; actively participating in, and advising the department on, the development and preparation of the State Plan on Aging; and meeting and consulting with the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Councils.

Honorable Benjamin Allen, a Democrat from Santa Monica, has been appointed to the Education Commission of the States.  Senator Allen was elected to the State Senate in 2014, and serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee and the legislature’s Joint Committee on the Arts. He is a former board member, and board President, of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, where he was a leader on issues of environmental sustainability, financial accountability, and community engagement.  This is a pleasure term.

The Education Commission of the States establishes and maintains close cooperation among executive, legislative, professional educational and lay leadership on a nationwide basis at the state and local levels.  It also provides a forum for the discussion, development and recommendation of public policy alternatives in the field of education, provides a clearinghouse of information related to educational problems, and facilitates the improvement of state and local educational systems so that they will be able to meet adequate and desirable goals.

Joshua Perttula, JD, a Democrat from Santa Monica, has been appointed to the State Bar Board of Trustees.  Mr. Perttula is a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, and the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors. His term end date shall be September 14, 2021.  Compensation shall be $50.00 per day, not to exceed $500.00 per month plus necessary expenses.

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.

Ann Notthoff, a Democrat from Orinda, has been reappointed to the California State Coastal Conservancy.  Ms. Notthoff is the California Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She was also a founding member of the League for Coastal Protection.  She has served as a Senate Rules Committee appointee on the State Coastal Conservancy since 2005.  Her term end date shall be September 13, 2021.  Compensation shall be $100 per day plus expenses.

The California State Coastal Conservancy was established in 1976 to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and sustain local economies along the length of California’s coast and around San Francisco Bay.

Honorable Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento, has been appointed to the Advisory Commission on Special Education.  A pediatrician, former UC Davis educator, and State Senator, he chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, the Committee on Public Employment and Retirement and the Senate Select Committees on Children with Special Needs and on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.  The Senator was first elected to the State Assembly in 2010.  This is a pleasure term.

The purpose of the Advisory Commission on Special Education is to study, assist and advise the Board of Education in new or continuing areas of research, program development, and evaluation in special education.

Daniel Cullenward, PhD, JD, a No Party Preference from San Francisco, has been appointed to the Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee.  Dr. Cullenward is a Research Associate at Near Zero and Carnegie Institution for Science.  He is also an attorney and lecturer at Stanford University School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.  Dr. Cullenward is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Association of Environmental & Resource Economists, American Constitution Society, the State Bar of California, and Energy Bar Association. This is a pleasure term. 

The Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee is established within the California Environmental Protection Agency, with a specified membership. It is required to at least annually hold a public meeting and report to both the state board and the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies on the environmental and economic performance of a specified market-based compliance mechanism and other relevant climate policies.

Honorable Henry Stern, a Democrat from Agoura Hills, has been appointed to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.  Prior to his election to the California State Senate in 2016, Senator Stern worked as a senior policy advisor to former California State Senator Fran Pavley.  He has also lectured at UCLA and UC Berkeley, and is a member of the Jewish Federation, the American Jewish Committee, and the Truman National Security Project.  This is a pleasure term.

The purpose of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is to strategically buy back, preserve, restore, and enhance treasured pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system of urban, rural and river parks, open space, trails, and wildlife habitats that are easily accessible to the general public.

Honorable Cathleen Galgiani, a Democrat from Stockton, has been appointed to the School Building Finance Committee.  While working in public service, Senator Galgiani has been involved in a wide range of issues including protecting agriculture, cleaning up the air in the Central Valley, cutting government waste and fraud and fighting for Cal-Grant expansions so that more kids can go to college.  In the past, she was a member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council Auxiliary of San Joaquin County, an advisory member of Crime Victims United of California, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  This is a pleasure term.

The School Building Finance Committee authorizes the sale of bonds that provide financing for school construction, modernization, portable classrooms and other K-12 school facility-related activities.

Honorable Anthony Portantino, a Democrat from Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Instructional Quality Commission.  He was elected to the California Senate in 2016.  From 2006 to 2012, he represented the 44th Assembly District.  During that time he chaired the Committees on Higher Education, Revenue and Taxation, and the Select Committee on the Preservation of the Entertainment Industry.  He has also served as vice chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee.  This is a pleasure term.

The purpose of the Instructional Quality Commission is to study curriculum problems in schools and, upon request of the State Board of Education, recommend the adoption of minimum standards for courses of study in preschool, kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools.

Randy Charland, an Independent from Ventura, has been appointed to the California Underground Facilities Safe Evacuation Board.  Currently, Mr. Charland is the Senior Director of California for UtiliQuest.  He is also a Call-Board Member for California One-North California and California One-South California, and a member of the California Regional Common Ground Alliance, among others.  The term end date shall be January 1, 2021. 

California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board shall, among other tasks, coordinate education and outreach activities that encourage safe excavation practices, develop related standards, investigate possible violations of this article, and enforce this article.