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Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments – Pacific Research Institute

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments

Sacramento, California – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: Tim Alderson, Jaime Hurtado, Lance Izumi, Stephen Jensen, Jorge Lopez, Kenneth Minesinger, Gary Reed, Richard Sawhill III, Brad Scott, Linda Thompson and James Venable.

Tim Alderson, 47, of Pasadena, has been appointed to the Schools’ Agriculture and Nutrition Program Board of Directors (48th District Agricultural Association). He has served as president of AgriGator since 1995 and as a proprietor of Tim Alderson Design since 1985. Alderson is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America. Additionally, he serves as chair of the California School Garden Network. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Alderson is a Republican.

Jaime Hurtado, 43, of Riverside, has been appointed to the Southern California Fair Board of Directors (46th District Agricultural Association). He has served as a senior legislative assistant for Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley since 2003. Previously, Hurtado was a programmer analyst for University of California, Riverside from 1998 to 2003 and an employment coordinator for Golden State Services from 1996 to 1998. From 1993 to 1996, he was a job developer for Greater Riverside Area Urban League, from 1992 to 1993, Hurtado was a legislative aide for California State Assemblymember Julie Bornstein and, from 1990 to 1992, he was a field representative for California State Assemblymember Steve Clute. Hurtado is a member of Rotary International and Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves as president of the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Hurtado is a Republican.

Lance Izumi, 50, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. He has served on the board of governors since 2004. Izumi has served as a senior fellow in California studies and director of education studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy since 1994. He is the author of several major Pacific Research Institute studies and often speaks on education issues at statewide and national forums. Izumi has also served as a member of the professional development working group of the California Legislature’s Joint Committee to develop a master plan for education and as chief speechwriter for Governor George Deukmejian from 1990 to 1991. He is a member of the California Advisory Council of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is a member of the U.S. Army’s Southern California Advisory Board Executive Committee. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Izumi is a Republican.

Stephen Jensen, 59, of Kenwood, has been reappointed to the Building Standards Commission. He has served on the commission since 2005. Jensen is currently the chief building official for the city of Napa, a position he’s held since 2005. Previously, he was the chief official for Marin County from 1989 to 2005. Jensen served as the director of building and safety for Lake County from 1986 to 1989, plans examiner for Design and Engineering Systems from 1985 to 1986 and he owned and managed Jensen Construction Company from 1973 to 1984. He is a member of the County Building Officials Association of California and California Building Officials. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Jensen is a Republican.

Jorge Lopez, 38, of Moraga, has been appointed to the State Board of Education. Since 2004, he has served as the executive director for Oakland Charter Academy. Prior to that, Lopez was the program director for Sacramento Youth Project/MAAP 2004 and held the same position with Migrant Education Region XXVI (Area III) in 2003. He worked at Dolores Huerta Learning Academy where he served as the principal from 2000 to 2001 and teacher from 1999 to 2000. Lopez was a teacher for the Migrant Education Program/Gridley Unified School District in 1999 and worked for the Butte County Office of Education in 1998. He worked as a tutor for the Avid Tutoring Program in Sacramento area high schools in 1995. He is a member of the Oakland Charter School Consortium and serves as an advisory board member for Latino Families for School Reform. Lopez is also a member of the Friends of American Indian Education Board of Directors. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Lopez is a Democrat.

Kenneth Minesinger, 38, of Corona, has been reappointed to the Southern California Fair Board of Directors (46th District Agricultural Association). He has served on the board of directors since 2006. Minesinger has worked as an attorney at Minesinger Law Firm since 2008 and previously worked for Heritage Law Offices in 2007. He was a sole practitioner for the Law Offices of Kenneth W. Minesinger from 2003 to 2007 and from 1995 to 2000 and served as president for Healthcare Resources Group from 2000 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Minesinger is a Republican.

Gary Reed, 62, of Porterville, has been reappointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. He has served on the board of governors since 2005. Reed has been a partner in the investment management firm of Reed, Shoemaker & Brookshire since 1993. He previously served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Bill Jones from 1991 to 1992 and as a Tulare County Supervisor from 1988 to 1990. He is a member of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce and served as past president of the Porterville Education Foundation. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Reed is a Republican.

Richard Sawhill III, 56, of Fontana, has been reappointed to the Building Standards Commission. He has served on the commission since 2005. Sawhill has served as the executive vice president of the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Mechanical Contractors Association of Southern California since 2000. Previously, he served as director of human resources for the Hussmann Corporation from 1991 to 2000 and was the director of services for Canyon Ridge Hospital from 1988 to 1991. Sawhill was the director of industrial relations and personnel for the Alpha Beta Corporation from 1969 to 1989. He served on the Chino City Council from 1986 to 1992. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Sawhill is a Republican.

Brad Scott, 41, of San Jacinto, has been reappointed to the Southern California Fair Board of Directors (46th District Agricultural Association). He has served on the board of directors since 2005. Scott has worked as a partner for Scott Brothers Dairy Farm since 1977. He is a volunteer with the Riverside Mountain Rescue Group and is a member of the Milk Producers Council Board of Directors and the National Dairy Council Board of Directors. Additionally, Scott is a member of the California Beef Council Board of Directors and the California Dairy Council Board of Directors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Scott is a Republican.

Linda Thompson, 65, of Mira Loma, has been reappointed to the Southern California Fair Board of Directors (46th District Agricultural Association). She has served on the board of directors since 2002. Since 2007, Thompson has served as promotion director for Canyon Crest Towne Centre. Prior to that, she was a property manager for Southland Consulting from 2000 to 2004 and was a frame attendant for Pacific Bell from 1968 to 1998. Thompson is a member of Jurupa Rotary and is the director for the West Riverside County Business Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Thompson is a Republican.

James Venable, 72, of Hemet, has been reappointed to the Southern California Fair Board of Directors (46th District Agricultural Association). He has served on the board of directors since 2006. Prior to retiring in 2004, Venable served as the third district supervisor for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2004 and was a councilmember for the Hemet City Council from 1993 to 1996. He worked for the Hemet Valley Flying Service where he served as president from 1960 to 1993 and owned International Fire Management from 1969 to 1982 and Venable Racing from 1970 to 1992. Venable is a lifetime member of the Worldwide Registry of Business Leaders and served as past president of the California Air Tanker Association and the March Field Museum. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Venable is a Republican

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