They feel the earth move under their feet

Gov. Jerry Brown today named four new members, including an East Bay woman, to the state commission that advises him and the Legislature on reducing earthquake risk.

The Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, formed in 1975, has 20 commissioners in all who receive no compensation other than a $100 per diem, as well as a paid, professional staff of seven.

Peggy Hellweg, 59, of Orinda, has been a research geophysicist at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory since 2001. She was a geophysical consultant for Geo Enterprises Orinda from 1995 to 2001 and a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Seismology, from 1990 to 1995. She holds a doctorate in geophysics from Stuttgart University in Germany. Hellweg is a Democrat.

Kit Miyamoto, 48, of Sacramento, has been president and CEO of Miyamoto International, a global earthquake and structural engineering firm, since 1990. Miyamoto holds a doctorate in structural engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Miyamoto is a Republican.

Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, 55, has served in that office since 2002 and in a number of other positions in the Merced County Sheriff’s Department since 1981. He holds a Master’s degree in national security from the American Military University. Pazin is a Republican.

Timothy Strack, 41, of Riverside, has been a captain in the City of Riverside Fire Department since 1995; earlier, he was a firefighter at the San Bernardino County Fire Department from 1987 to 1995. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in public administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Strack is a Republican.

All of these appointments are subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

(And a hearty headline h/t to Carole King.)

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.