Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, November 25, 2009


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Governor Appoints Three Attorneys to Water Boards


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named three attorneys to state posts.

The governor reappointed Palmdale attorney James W. Charlton of Charlton Weeks LLP and Santa Barbara sole practitioner Jeffrey S. Young to posts on their local regional water quality control boards and appointed Folsom lawyer Robert G. Walters to his first term on a water board.

Charlton, 61, has served on the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board since April of this year and as a partner for Charlton Weeks since 1998.

Previously, he was a partner for the Law Offices of James Charlton from 1991 to 1997 and Charlton and Brown from 1990 to 1991.

A graduate of Whittier Law School, Charlton was admitted to the State Bar in 1989.

He owned HFU Investments from 1983 to 2006, co-owned HFU TV from 1979 to 2004, and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970, a spokesperson for the governorís office said.

A Republican, Charlton is a member of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council and Southern California Elder Law Council.

Young, 55, has served on the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board since 2000 and operated the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Young since 1997.

He was an associate with the Law Offices of Raymond J. Pulverman from 1994 to 1997 and general counsel to the California Aquaculture Association from 1995 to 2000.

A graduate of UCLA and Santa Barbara College of Law, Young was licensed to practice in 1994.

From 1983 to 1992, Young was owner and operator of Pacific Seafood Industries.

Young is registered decline-to-state and is a member of the Security and Capital Improvement Committees for the La Cumbre Mutual Water District and Santa Barbara Countyís Project Clean Water.

Walters, 74, was appointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has served the San Juan Water District as director since 2007 and president since January 2009.

A Republican, Walters has also served as counsel for California Advocates since 2001, where he previously was a shareholder from 1991 to 2001.

From 1994 to 2004, Walters was an arbitrator and mediator for Arbitration Works. He was a shareholder with Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard 1985 to 1990 and founding partner of Walters and Shelburne, where he worked from 1973 to 1985.

Walters gained admission to the State Bar in 1966 after graduating from UCLA and the San Francisco Law School.

Each appointment requires Senate confirmation and the compensation for each position is $100 per diem.


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