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Wednesday, November 24, 2010


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Governor Names Local Attorneys to Fair Employment and Housing Panel


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has tapped Los Angeles attorney George Woolverton for a fourth term on the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and has named real estate lawyer Kristina Raspe for an open seat on the commission.

The governor made the nominations to the seven-member commission, which are subject to Senate confirmation, on Monday.

The FEHC is a quasi-judicial administrative agency which enforces California civil rights laws regarding discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations; pregnancy disability leave; family and medical leave; and hate violence. Members are named by the governor and serve staggered, four-year terms.

Woolverton, 60, is a partner in the law firm of Stockwell, Harris, Woolverton and Muehl and has been a member of the commission since 1999, and its chair since 2000.

A Democrat, then-Gov. Gray Davis first named him to the commission, and renominated him in 2003. Schwarzenegger nominated him to serve a third term in 2006.

Southwestern Grad

Woolverton joined Stockwell Harris in 1995 after serving for 20 years as an attorney with the Law Offices of Zonni, Ginocchio and Taylor. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1975, he attended California State University, Dominguez Hills and Southwestern Law School.

He is a member of the National Board of the Council on Litigation Management.

Raspe, 39, has served as associate senior vice president of real estate asset management for USC since 2006. Previously, she was general counsel and senior vice president for Doheny Enterprises and a partner specializing in real estate law at Troy and Gould.

She is a Republican and a member of the California Board of Realtors, the Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles Board of Realtors, and Design-Build Institute of America. She also serves on the Commercial Real Estate Women, Los Angeles Chapter Advisory Board and on the Los Angeles Headquarters Association Board.

Raspe joined the State Bar in 1994 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Law School.

Compensation for both positions on the FEHC is $100 per diem.

In other news, Schwarzenegger yesterday named Dinuba attorney Steven Worthley, chair of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, to continue serving as a member of the Commission on State Mandates, where he has served since 2005.

Test Claims

The commission adjudicates test claims of local entities that allege the existence of reimbursable state-mandated programs; hears and decides claims that the state controller has incorrectly reduced payments for reimbursement claims; and determines the existence of significant financial distress for applicant counties that seek to reduce their general assistance standards of aid.

Worthley, 57, has served on the commission since 2005. A Republican, he has been a member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors since 1998.

The position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Schwarzenegger on Monday also:

•Appointed Deputy Attorney General Deborah Bain, 55, to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision. Bain is registered as an American Independent. The position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary.

•Named Don Higginson, a senior vice president and attorney for Mail Boxes Etc. and member of the Poway City Council, to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. Higginson, 55, is a Republican. The position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

•Tapped Redwood City attorney William E. Peacock, 69, to continue serving on the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Peacock, who has been a board member since 2006, is a Democrat. The position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

•Nominated retired San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Peter Pumphrey, 64, to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Pumphrey is a Democrat. The position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.


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