[env-trinity] Schwarzenegger's Appointment to California Water Commission

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Sat May 15 16:03:37 PDT 2010

Well, this is somewhat academic.  Appointments are subject to Senate
confirmation.  Who's to be governor in eight months?



Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments to
the California Water Commission: 


Andrew Ball, 56, of San Mateo, has been president and chief executive
officer of Webcor Builders since 1994. He is chair of the Industry Advisory
Board for the Center for the Built Environment at the University of
California, Berkeley and founding member and advisory board member for the
Business Council on Climate Change in association with the United Nations
Global Compact. Ball is chair of the San Francisco Mayor's Task Force on
Green Buildings and the American Society of Concrete Contractors
Sustainability Committee. He is a member of the San Francisco Building Code
Advisory Committee including the Code Advisory Green Building Subcommittee.
Ball is a Republican. 


Joseph Byrne, 39, of Los Angeles, has been a partner in the law office of
Burke, Williams and Sorensen since 2008, as a member of the Public Law and
Environmental Law/Sustainability Practice groups. Previously, he was
executive director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, Region 1 from
2006 to 2008 and an attorney for Mayer Brown from 2002 to 2005. Prior to
that, Byrne worked in the office of Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, for the
California State Assembly as counsel from 2000 to 2002 and a legislative
consultant from 1998 to 2000. He was an attorney for Bonne, Bridges,
Mueller, O'Keefe and Nichols from 1997 to 1998. Byrne is a member of the
Valley Industry and Commerce Association Board of Directors and the League
of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee. Byrne is a


Dave Cogdill, 59, of Modesto, was elected to the California State Senate in
2006, where he represents the 14th District. He serves as chair of the
Select Committee on Surplus Property, and vice-chair of the Senate
Committees on Natural Resources and Water, Banking, Finance and Insurance
and Public Safety. Cogdill is also a sitting member on the Budget and Fiscal
Review Committee; Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental
Protection, Energy and Transportation; Select Committee on Asian Pacific
Islander Affairs; and, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Additionally,
Cogdill served as the Senate Republican Leader from April 2008 to February
2009 and Senate Minority Whip from 2007 to 2008. Prior to that, he
represented the 25th District in the State Assembly from 2000 to 2006, where
he was vice-chair of the Committee on Rules, during which, he sat on the
Budget Committee, Agriculture Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit
Committee. Cogdill was Assembly Minority Floor leader from 2002 to 2006.
>From 1981 to 2007, he owned and was an appraiser for Cogdill and Giomi.
Cogdill is a Republican. This appointment will be effective December 6,


Daniel Curtin, 62, of Sacramento, has served as director for the California
Conference of Carpenters since 2001 and previously held the same position
from 1992 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, he served as chief deputy director for
the Department of Industrial Relations. Prior to that, Curtin was a
legislative advocate for the California Conference of Carpenters from 1987
to 1992. He serves on the State Compensation Insurance Fund Board of
Directors and previously served on the Economic Development Commission and
the Industrial Welfare Commission. Curtin is a Democrat. 


Joe Del Bosque, 61, of Los Banos, has been president and chief executive
officer of Empresas Del Bosque, a diversified farm in the San Joaquin
Valley, since 1985. He is a member of AgSafe, California Farm Bureau,
California Latino Water Coalition and Western Growers Association. Del
Bosque is a Republican. 


Kimberley Delfino, 42, of Sacramento, has been California program director
for Defenders of Wildlife since 2000. Previously, she was legislative
director for the California Public Interest Research Group in 2000. From
1997 to 2000, Delfino was staff attorney for the U.S. Public Interest
Research Group and, from 1994 to 1997, was associate attorney for Meyer and
Glitzenstein. She is a member of the Sustainable Conservation Board of
Directors. Delfino is registered decline-to-state. 


Luther Hintz, 72, of Brownsville, worked for Reclamation District Number 108
as executive director from 2005 to 2006 and general manager from 1993 to
2005. Prior to that, he worked for Bookman-Edmonston Engineering as manager
and principal engineer from 1979 to 1993, supervising engineer from 1969 to
1979, senior engineer from 1962 to 1969 and associate engineer from 1960 to
1962. Hintz was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a
member of the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage until 2008. Hintz is
a Republican. 


Paul Kelley, 46, of Santa Rosa, has served as Sonoma County supervisor
representing the Fourth District and director of the Sonoma County Water
Agency since 1995. Previously, he was a teacher at Santa Rosa Christian
School from 1993 to 1994. From 1992 to 1993, Kelley was lead programmer for
KLH Consulting and, from 1990 to 1992, was a systems manager for Standard
Structures. He is president of the Association of California Water Agencies.
Kelley is a Republican. This appointment will be effective January 1, 2011. 


Anthony Saracino, 51, of Sacramento, has been director of the California
Water Program at The Nature Conservancy since 2005. Previously, he was
director of Schlumberger Water Service from 2001 to 2005. Saracino was
principal of Saracino, Kirby, Snow from 1995 to 2001 and was director of
geologic and environmental services for Wallace Kuhl and Associates from
1984 to 1995. Saracino is a Democrat. 


These positions require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per


The California Water Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the
Director of the Department of Water Resources and was originally established
to build and review operations of the State Water Project. The Safe, Clean
and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010, approved by the legislature
and signed by the Governor in 2009, vests the commission with responsibility
over $3 billion in funding for statewide water system operational
improvement. The commission is composed of nine members, two of which must
be representatives from the environmental community. 


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today also announced the following
appointments to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy: 


Charlton "Chuck" Bonham, 41, of Albany, has worked for Trout Unlimited as
California director and senior attorney since 2004 and, previously, was
director of the organization's California Water Project and staff attorney
from 2000 to 2004. From 1994 to 1997, he was an instructor for Nantahala
Outdoor Center and, from 1991 to 1993, was a small business development
agent in Senegal, West Africa for the U.S. Peace Corps. Bonham is a member
of the Pacific Forest Legacy Stewardship Council Board and the Foundation
for Youth Investment. Bonham is a Democrat. 


Michael Eaton, 58, of Sacramento, has been executive director of the
Resources Legacy Fund since 2007. From 1995 to 2007, he was senior project
director at The Nature Conservancy and, from 1983 to 1995, was an
independent environmental consultant. Prior to that, Eaton served as
assistant secretary at the Resources Agency from 1981 to 1983 and as energy
advisor in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research from 1980 to 1981.
>From 1975 to 1980, he was legislative assistant for the Sierra Club. Eaton
is chair of the Soil Born Farms Board of Directors and advisor to the
California Institute for Public Affairs. Eaton is registered


These positions require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. 


The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy was established as part of the
comprehensive water package signed by the Governor in 2009. As established
in the law, this new conservancy is the primary state agency for
implementing ecosystem restoration and promoting economic vitality in the


In addition to the Governor's appointees, the Senate Rules Committee and the
Speaker of the Assembly also make appointments to the conservancy.
Additional members include representatives from Contra Costa, Sacramento,
San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo counties, the Secretary of the Natural
Resources Agency, and the Director of Finance.



Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 land/fax (call first to fax)

415 519 4810 mobile

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