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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


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Schwarzenegger Reappoints Lawrence Simi to CJP


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has reappointed Lawrence Simi as a public member of the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Schwarzenegger on Monday reappointed Simi, 61, to a second four-year term on the commission, the independent state agency responsible for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and judicial incapacity and for disciplining judges.

A resident of San Francisco, Simi currently serves as director of northern region public affairs for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., where he has worked since 1980.

Originally a public affairs representative for the company, he rose through the companyís ranks to become public affairs manager, regional public affairs director, division manager and then director of community relations and local government relations.

In 1997 Simi became director of legislative and regulatory projects, and then in 2004 director of state governmental relations and political resources, a position he held until assuming his current post in 2007.

A Democrat, he attended college at San Francisco State University and obtained a masterís degree in political science from California State University, Sacramento.

Prior to joining PG&E he worked as a program manager from 1972 to 1980 during the respective terms of then-San Francisco Mayors Joseph Alioto, George Moscone and Dianne Feinstein.

Simiís position on the commission does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary.

Under the California Constitution, the commission is composed of 11 members, including one Court of Appeal justice and two superior court judges appointed by the Supreme Court, two attorneys appointed by the governor, and six lay citizens. Two lay citizens are appointed by the governor, two by the Senate Committee on Rules and two by the speaker of the Assembly.


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