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Wednesday, February 22, 2017


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Brown Reappoints Michael Moodian to CJP


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday reappointed Michael Moodian as a public member of the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Moodian, 40, was appointed to the CJP in July 2015 to fill a vacancy. His new, four-year term will begin March 1.

Moodian has been a lecturer at the Chapman University College of Educational Studies since 2010. He served in the Army National Guard from 1993 to 2001.

He holds a doctoral degree in education from Pepperdine University and a masters’ in communications from California State University, Fullerton. Moodian is a Democrat.

He is the author of Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009), which he describes on his website as “an edited volume that examines the application of cultural comprehension to organizations and the measurement of intercultural competence.”

He has served as chairman of the World Affairs Council of Orange County. He was named Teacher of the Year at Chapman’s Irvine center in 2009 and an OC Metro 40 Under 40 honoree in 2010.

Moodian is a Democrat.

The governor yesterday appointed several other attorneys to positions in state government.

Christiana Tiedemann, 59, was named deputy secretary for law enforcement and counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency. She is a supervising deputy attorney general, having joined that office in 1989 after seven years at a law firm.

She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law. Her new position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $164,004. Tiedemann is a Democrat.

 The governor named Joseph Byrne, 46, of Los Angeles, to the California Water Commission, where he has served since 2010. Byrne has been a partner at Best Best and Krieger since 2015, and was of counsel there from 2013 to 2015.

He was a partner at Burke, Williams and Sorensen LLP from 2007 to 2013 and executive director of Business Executives for National Security, Los Angeles Region from 2005 to 2008. He was an associate at Mayer Brown and Platt from 2003 to 2005 and served in several positions in Robert Hertzberg’s office when Hertzberg was Assembly Speaker from 1998 to 2002, including legal counsel and chief water policy consultant.

Byrne is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School. His reappointment requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Byrne is a Democrat.

Donne Brownsey, 61, was appointed, and Effie Turnbull Sanders, 44, was reappointed, to the California Coastal Commission. Brownsey was senior vice president at Sacramento Advocates Inc. from 2004 to 2015.

She was founder of Government Solutions from 1993 to 2004 and chief legislative consultant to then-state Sen. David Roberti from 1985 to 1993.

Brownsey graduated from McGeorge School of Law. Her new position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Brownsey is a Democrat.

Sanders has been a member of the Coastal Commission since 2014. The UCLA School of Law graduate has been an assistant general counsel at the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2006.

She was a Los Angeles deputy attorney 2004 to 2006, and was an associate at Richards Watson and Gershon from 2001 to 2003. She was a special assistant to vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Cruz Reynoso from 1998 to 2001, advising on environmental justice, civil rights and economic development issues.  This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Sanders will serve as the environmental justice representative on the commission, pursuant to statute, the governor’s announcement said. She is a Democrat.


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