Schwarzenegger Appoints Members of Commission To Implement Proposition 63
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Tuesday announced appointments to the 12-member Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, which is intended to "develop strategies to overcome stigma and accomplish the objectives" of Proposition 63, which increases the state personal income tax by 1% for state residents whose annual incomes exceed $1 million.
- Carmen Diaz (D) of Los Angeles, a family advocate coordinator for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health since 2001. In addition, Diaz is on the board of directors of United Advocates for Children of California and is a member of the California Family Partnership Association.
- Fred Doyle (D) of Los Gatos, president and CEO of EMQ, a provider of mental health services for children and adolescents, since 1987. He also is a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the California Alliance for Children and Family Services and a board member of the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth.
- Saul Feldman (D) of San Francisco, chair and CEO of United Behavioral Health since 1997. He is the founder and former president of the American College of Mental Health Administration and a member of the American Psychological Association.
- Linford Gayle of Pacifica, a mental health program specialist at San Mateo County Mental Health Services. Gayle is registered as "decline-to-state" party affiliation.
- Mary Hayashi (D) of Castro Valley, president of the Iris Alliance Fund since 2001. She is on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and the Board of Registered Nursing.
- Patrick Henning (D) of West Sacramento, a legislative advocate for the California Council of Laborers. He is a member of the Career Technical Education Standards and Framework Advisory Group and the California Assembly Speaker's Commission on Labor Education.
- Karen Henry (R) of Granite Bay, retired in 2001 after 25 years in labor and employment law, most recently as the sole practitioner of a private practice. She is on the board of directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, California, and a NAMI member.
- Dr. Gary Jaeger (D) of Harbor City, chief of addiction medicine at Kaiser Foundation Hospital, South Bay. He is regional chair of the Transitional Residential Recovery Service committee and a member of the Behavioral Health Management Information Systems Committee for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He also is a member of the American and the California Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Medical Association and the California Hospital Association's Behavioral Health Advisory Board.
- William Kolender (R) of San Diego, San Diego County Sheriff since 1995. He is president of the California State Sheriffs' Association, the California representative on the board of the Western States Information Network and a member of the Board of Corrections.
- Kelvin Lee (R) of Roseville, superintendent for the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District since 1997. He is on the board of EdSource, the National Clearing House of Educational Facilities and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.
- Andrew Poat (R) of San Diego, director of the San Diego Government Relations Department. He is a member of the public policy committee of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Center and on the board of directors for LEAD San Diego.
- Darlene Prettyman (R) of Bakersfield, a certified psychiatric nurse and director of government relations for the Anne Sippi Clinic. She is a member of NAMI and the California Mental Health Planning Council. She is on the board of NAMI California.
In related news, Schwarzenegger on Tuesday also announced the appointment of Cesar Aristeiguieta as director to the Emergency Medical Service Authority. Aristeiguieta, a physician, has served as medical director of the emergency department at Hi-Desert Hospital in Joshua Tree since 2003. During that time, he also has been medical director of the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute and a clinical assistant professor in emergency medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
In addition, he is a former White House Fellow, serving as a direct adviser to the HHS secretary (Office of the Governor release , 6/21).