October 20, 2020-Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez, Appointments Secretary, Office Governor Newson- Meeting via Zoom

 Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Member/Alternates Only Meeting

Virtual meeting via ZOOM


Present:   Ruthy Argumedo, Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Mike Burrows, Christie Cardenas, Ken Coate, Sandra Cuellar, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Fran Inman, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Bill Lemann, Darcy McNaboe, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Bansree Parikh, Catherine Pritchett, Brian Reider, Michael Rivera, Dan Roberts, Elizabeth Romero, Dan Schenkel, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Lupe Valdez, Pete Van Helden, Kim Wilcox, Ray Wolfe and Frank Zabaleta.

Guests:  LaDonna DiCamillo, Juan Herrera, Sheriff John McMahon and Martha Santana-Chin.

Announcements: 1) Members who would prefer to pay their dues electronically were asked to contact Sue Harrison, Admin Assist.  2) Those that would like to receive an Outlook calendar reminder for Inland Action meetings should contact Carole Beswick, CEO.  3) Inland Action continues to meet with other leaders in the region.  These meetings help in collaboration and awareness of each other’s initiatives and focus.

Louis Goodwin, Chair, presiding.

Motion by R. Wolfe /Second by B. Lemann/Passed:  Minutes from October 13, 2020.

Chair of the Day Kristine Scott introduced Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez, Appointments Secretary, Office Governor Newson.  The Appointments Secretary is responsible for a team of employees who review applications, screen individuals, and support the appointments made by Governor Newsom to over 400 boards and commissions.

The Governor is responsible for some 3,000 appointments and he very much wants to hear from more voices, and have greater representation from, the Inland Empire and the Central Valley.  They are looking for diversity in ethnicity and gender but also geographically.  L.A. and San Francisco have and continue to be well represented.  Her team is conducting purposeful searches to fill positions with Inland Empire candidates giving our region priority.

The process is straight forward, beginning with the detailed online confidential application.  She indicated that individuals should apply for numerous appointments on the one application and feel free to “Google” the position for more information about what is entailed.  Those that may not have a perfect or ideal history should not hesitate to apply as life experiences, subsequent growth and perseverance are most important.  Essentially those appointed represent the Governor and should have problem solving abilities and a level of diplomacy.  The process time is widely varied and depends on many factors, but a 30-60-day time frame is typical.

The expiration of the seat on the California Transportation Commission was addressed.  If Joe Tavaglione from Riverside County retires, traditionally someone from San Bernardino County would fill the seat.  The Secretary appreciated learning the historical nature of the two counties and shared the Governors priorities of a “global view” of transportation that includes master plans for housing and transportation.  Climate change is a top priority for the Governor.

Stating that there is “a board for everyone”, she encouraged members to review openings at  www.gov.ca.gov and click on Appointments at the top of the page.

A Q & A period followed.
Meeting adjourned at 8:51 a.m.