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Hitting the big time

By rgordon
Monday, February 19th, 2007 at 6:12 pm in Uncategorized.

The California Air Resources Board, which helps set and enforce air pollution rules and regulations for the state, now has a local member among its ranks.
San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill was recently appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill a board seat designated for a representative of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Hill is the vice chair of the district.

His appointment will require confirmation from the state Senate. Hill said winning the appointment “was certainly a very complex process,” as he said he had several interviews with officials from the governor’s office and the California Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the board.

“I am honored that the governor has selected me to represent the Bay Area communities,” Hill said.

The board consists of 11 members, five of them representing air quality districts throughout the state (such as San Diego and San Joaquin Valley). Two are public members; the remainder are experts in areas such as automotive engineering, agriculture, air pollution and medicine.
Hill was in Sacramento Friday to begin learning the ropes. His first board meeting will be in Sacramento on Thursday, which will include a public hearing on establishing a standard for a safe level of nitrogen dioxide in the air.

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