President Pro Tempore de León Announces Appointments

Friday, March 16, 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:

Linda Escalante, a Democrat from Burbank, and Bryan Urias, a Democrat from Duarte have been appointed as Alternate Commissioners to the California Coastal Commission. Ms. Escalante is Western States Policy Advocate for Natural Resources Defense Council. Mr. Urias serves as a board member on the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, and is self-employed as a government relations consultant. He previously worked as a deputy district director for U.S. Representative Judy Chu, and as a field representative for U.S. Representative Hilda Solis. These are pleasure terms. 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 committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.

Maria Mehranian, a Democrat from La Canada, has been appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council. Ms. Mehranian is chief financial officer at Cordoba Corporation, an infrastructure development firm. She previously served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board from 2008 to 2016, and has served as a Speaker appointee on the Genocide Memorial Commission. The term end date will be February 3, 2022. Compensation will be $46,913 per year (2018) as provided in Section 11564 of the Government Code.  Members are to be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of official duties. Members serve one-third time.

The Delta Stewardship Council was created to advance the state’s coequal goals for the Delta – a more reliable statewide water supply and a healthy and protected ecosystem, both achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique characteristics of the Delta as an evolving place.

Ardashes Kassakhian, a Democrat from Glendale, has been appointed to the New Motor Vehicle Board. Mr. Kassakhian is City Clerk for the City of Glendale. He is a member of the Glendale YMCA, Glendale Kiwanis Club, Friends of the Glendale Public Library, among others. The term end date will be January 15, 2022.  Compensation will be $100 per diem plus travel and necessary expenses.

The New Motor Vehicle Board establishes rules and regulations regarding licensing new cars and persons who receive, manufacture, assemble or distribute new motorhomes or new off-highway motorcycles.

Lizbeth Mateo, JD, from Inglewood, has been appointed to the Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. Ms. Mateo is a private attorney with the Law Offices of Lizbeth Mateo. She is a member of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. This is a pleasure term. The effective date of appointment will be April 14, 2018.  Compensation is not stated.

The Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee advises project directors and the Student Aid Commission on the development and operation of the projects designed to increase the accessibility of postsecondary education opportunities for students who are from low-income families, who would be the first in their families to attend college, or who are from schools or geographic regions with documented low-eligibility or college participation rates.

Timothy Perry, JD, a Democrat from Los Angeles, and Craig Fry, an Independent from San Gabriel, have been appointed to the California Earthquake Insurance Authority Governing Board and Advisory Panel. Mr. Perry is an attorney with WilmerHale. He is a member of the American Constitution Society and the Associate of Portuguese-Speaking Attorneys. Mr. Fry is president of Craig Fry and Associates, LLC, a development consulting firm. He is also a retired Fire Chief from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The term end date for Mr. Perry will be March 14, 2022. Mr. Fry will serve a pleasure term. Compensation will be reasonable expenses.

The California Earthquake Insurance Authority (CEA) is established to provide earthquake insurance to owners of residential property in California and is authorized to transact insurance in the State as necessary to sell policies of basic residential earthquake insurance. The Governing Board provides independent oversight of CEA's operations.  The Advisory Panel advises the CEA Governing Board on important matters that affect its customers, such as basic insurance-coverage issues, CEA's insurance rates, long-term sustainability and survivability of the CEA, and availability and affordability of earthquake coverage.