I'm excited to announce that today, Governor Jerry Brown appointed me to the California Air Resources Board to fill the vacant seat representing the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm greatly honored by being appointed to take on this new, important responsibility. I have deep respect for Governor Brown's history of innovative and bold leadership on the environment, including on air quality issues.
The Air Resources Board is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA). Among its many important roles is providing leadership in addressing climate change, including implementing and enforcing air pollution control rules. The Board has established California as a national air quality leader by setting the most stringent vehicle emission standards in the United States.
Mary Nichols, the current chair of the Air Resources Board, is an amazing lifelong environmentalist who was just named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for her leadership in boosting the fuel economy of American cars, and cutting acid rain and greenhouse gases.
I look forward to working with her, and all the other board members, in tackling critical upcoming issues, including investing the state's cap-and-trade revenues, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, advancing clean energy, and improving community health. I view all of these as key to improving the quality of life in local communities, including Contra Costa, the state, and the nation.
Here is Governor Brown's news release regarding my appointment:
Supervisor, District One
Contra Costa County
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D
El Cerrito, CA 94530