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Friday, November 25, 2011


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Governor Names Lawyers to Regional Water Quality Control Boards


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday named several attorneys to seats on regional water quality control boards.

Maria Camacho and Irma Munoz were named to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, John Corbett to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board,  Tomas Morales to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, Peter Pumphrey to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board; and Carmen Ramirez to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Camacho, 32, has been a senior account manager at Consensus Inc, a Los Angeles-based lobbying firm,. since 2008. Camacho was director of public affairs for J.S. Rosenfield and Company from 2002 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2008.

She was a co-mediator for the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution in 2005. Camacho is a graduate of Loyola Law School.

 Munoz, 59, is the founder and president of Mujeres de la Tierra, a self-described “environmental equity organization” based in Los Angeles, where she has served since 2005. Munoz was a senior manager at TreePeople from 2001 to 2003.

She was national director of marketing and customer service for the United States Small Business Administration from 1994 to 2000. She has also served on the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission and on the board of the Southwest Voter Registration Project.

She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Corbett, 64, has been a member of the board since 2002. He has been senior legal counsel to the Yurok Tribe since 2003.

Corbett was general manager of the North Coast Cooperative from 1983 to 2002. He was a special magistrate judge for the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1979 to 1982.

Corbett received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law and was admitted to the State Bar in 1973. He lives in McKinleyville, in Humboldt County.

Morales, 48, has been a partner in the San Diego firm of Golub and Morales, LLP since 2004. The firm practices in a number of areas, including real estate, land use, zoning and eminent domain.

Morales was an attorney with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire from 2000 to 2004 and a partner with Strong and Morales from 1994 to 2000. Morales received his law degree from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the State Bar in 1990.

Pumphrey, 65, has served on the board since last year. He was a deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County from 2001 to 2004, specializing in environmental crimes, and a deputy public defender there from 1991 to 2001.

 He has served on the Chalfant Valley Community Fire District Commission since 2007. He has also been a board member and environmental consultant with a number of groups, including the Eastern Sierra chapter of the Audubon Society and the Sierra Nevada Alliance, and is a licensed fly fishing guide. 

Pumphrey received his law degree from Humphreys College of Law in Stockton. He was admitted to the State Bar in 1973 and took inactive status in 2009.

Ramirez, 35, been of counsel in the Law Offices of Fagalde, Albertoni and Flores, LLP in Merced since last year. Ramirez was admitted to the Stae Bar in 2009 and was an associate attorney with Allen, Fagalde, Albertoni and Flores before assuming her present position.

She was a redevelopment associate for the City of Merced Office of Economic Development from 2003 to 2007. Ramirez is a graduate of UCLA and of San Joaquin College of Law.

The governor yesterday also named Jon Costantino, 42, of Grass Valley, to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has been a senior advisor at Manatt Phelps and Phillips, LLP since last year.

Costantino was a climate change planning manager at the California Air Resources Board from 2007 to 2010 and a legislative analyst there from 2000 to 2007. He was an air pollution engineer at the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District from 1992 to 2000.

Members of regional water quality control boards must be confirmed by the Senate, and are paid $100 per day while performing their duties.

Camacho, Munoz, Corbett, Morales, Pumphrey, and Ramirez are Democrats; Costantino is registered decline-to-state. 


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