Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named Nadia Lockyer – a candidate for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ District 2 seat in this June’s election, and the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer – to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
She issued a statement today saying she’s honored. “At a time when budget cuts are threatening higher education, I will work especially hard to strengthen California’s Community Colleges. As unemployment projections look bleak, California’s Community Colleges are the key to economic recovery, giving us hope for a bright future.”
Lockyer, 38, of Hayward, is executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center and is a Democrat; her appointment is subject to the state Senate’s confirmation.
The Board of Governors sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 110 colleges of California’s system of Community Colleges, which has more than 2.9 million students. The 17-member board is appointed by the governor, comprised of two tenured community-college faculty members, one voting classified employee, two community college students and 12 California citizens.
It would be hard to believe this appointment, less than five months before Lockyer faces former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol, and other local officials in the election to succeed Gail Steele on the Board of Supervisors, is purely coincidental. If she’s confirmed – and I see no reason to believe she won’t be – it’s a feather in Lockyer’s campaign cap and a (modest) bully pulpit for someone whose last public office was one term on the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees about a decade ago.