Brown appoints four locals to state agencies

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointments of several Bay Area people to various state boards and agencies today.

Ashutosh Bhagwat, 46, of Moraga, has been appointed to the governing board of the California Independent System Operator, which operates the state’s wholesale electricity transmission grid. A professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law since 1994 where he has taught courses in antitrust, administrative and constitutional law, Bhagwat earlier was an associate for Sidley & Austin from 1992 to 1994; a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy from 1991 to 1992; a law clerk to Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner from 1990 to 1991; and a research assistant for the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors from 1986 to 1987. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $5,000 quarterly plus per diem meeting preparation and attendance costs. Bhagwat is a Democrat.

Anita Martinez, 58, of Oakland, has been appointed member and chair of the Public Employment Relations Board, a quasi-judicial administrative agency that administers the collective bargaining statutes covering state and local government workers. Martinez has worked for the Board since 1976, where she currently serves as a regional director; earlier, she was a board agent for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board from 1975 to 1976 and an intern at the National Labor Relations Board from 1973 to 1976. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $132,179. Martinez is a Democrat.

M. Suzanne Murphy, 58, of Lafayette, has been appointed general counsel of the Public Employment Relations Board. She has been a law clerk to the late Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall, senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit since 2009, and where she previously clerked from 1988 to 1989. Murphy was executive director of Worksafe from 2008 to 2009; legal counsel for the California Nurses Association from 2006 to 2007; and an appellate and litigation attorney with Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld from 2003 to 2006. She also worked for the Administrative Office of the Courts where she was managing attorney at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts from 2002 to 2003 and supervising attorney for the rules and projects unit in the Office of the General Counsel from 2000 to 2002. Earlier, she was a senior research attorney to the Honorable Patricia Sepulveda from 1999 to 2000 and to the Honorable Michael Phelan from 1993 to 1998, both of the California Court of Appeal, First District. Murphy was an associate with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe from 1992 to 1993 and with Cooley, Godward, Castro, Huddleston & Tatum from 1989 to 1991. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $126,864. Murphy is registered decline-to-state.

Deborah Raphael, 51, of San Rafael, has been appointed director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which enforces laws on generating, handling, transporting, storing, disposing of and cleaning up hazardous wastes. She has been the program director for toxics reduction, green business, and green building at the San Francisco Department of the Environment since 1999. Previously, she was a senior environmental program manager at the City of Santa Monica from 1993 to 1999. Raphael is a co-chair of the Green Ribbon Science Panel. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,965. Raphael is a Democrat.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.