Alameda DA named to juvenile justice board

Gov. Jerry Brown today named Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to the California State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection.

O’Malley, 58, a Democrat from Alameda, has been the county’s top prosecutor since 2009, and has served in the office since 2004; she holds a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. The federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act requires each state to establish an advisory group in order to receive Title II Formula Grant funds. California’s committee, appointed by the governor, aims to promote policies that foster “a healthy and safe California where juveniles are held accountable for their actions and receive necessary support and services to become productive adults.” This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

Brown also named Dawood Khan, 19, a Democrat from Union City, to the committee today. Khan is a UPS supervisor and a San Jose City College student, studying human resources.

Also in the Bay Area, Brown nominated Charlton “Chuck” Bonham, 43, a Democrat from Albany, to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Bonham directs the state Department of Fish and Game, and previously worked at Trout Unlimited from 2000 to 2011 in jobs including California director and senior attorney. The commission promotes policies and actions to conserve, develop, and manage fishery resources in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Brown reappointed Barbara Emley, 69, a Democrat from San Francisco, to the fisheries commission as well. Brown had named Emley, a commercial fisherwoman since 1985, to the commission in August, but had to renominate her today because the state Senate didn’t confirm her before the end of its sessionbut that was for the final portion of a term that has just expired; this appointment will be for a full term.

And Brown nominated J. Keith Gilless, 55, a Democrat from San Francisco, to the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Gilless has been a University of California, Berkeley professor of forest economics since 1983 and dean of the College of Natural Resources since 2008; he holds a doctorate in forestry and agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The board is responsible for developing the general forest policy of the state, for determining the guidance policies of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and for representing the state’s interest in federal forestland in California. This position requires Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per diem.

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.

  • Rick K.

    Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is a prime example of the “political class” run amuck. She owes her job almost entirely to the fact that her father was the District Attorney in Contra Costa County. Most legal employers would laugh a Golden Gate student out of their offices, assuming that they even advanced to the interview stage of the job application process. But cronyism runs rampant in California D.A. circles. The out-going D.A. Thomas Orloff resigned mid-term and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors very, very rapidly appointed her to take his place. Any rational private employer would have embarked on a statewide (or nationwide) search, but the Supervisors settled on her with just about no public input. Orloff and O’Malley came up with the ridiculous idea of prosecuting that sleazy, incompetent BART police officer on “murder” charges mainly for personal, political reasons. If “murder” had not been a charge, O’Malley would have been opposed in the June 2010 election and there actually would have been public scrutiny of her thin record. The “murder” charges, soundly rejected by the jury, were imposed mainly to silence scrutiny from the “Justice for Oscar Grant” advocates. Orloff and O’Malley abused the power of their office in that episode.

  • rew

    Nancy O’Malley got the DA’s job in Alameda as a result of her hard work and superior legal skills. She worked her way up from an entry level DA job – possibly her family connections helped her get her initial job – but after that her rise in the DA’s office was all based on her talent, ability, and hard work. Orloff, the previous DA, kept giving Nancy O’Malley these bad jobs, jobs that nobody could do much with, and every time he did she would do such a great job suddenly the Alameda County’s DA’s office would be like the top DA’s office in the state on these issues. You turn Nancy O’Malley lose on a problem, look out! A case in point is her work on crime issues that pertain to women victims. There is nobody – nobody in the state of California – who knows more about the complicated issue of sex crimes and rape. She is national expert on this. She got assigned this as a lowly Deputy DA, became one of the foremost experts in the nation on all issues pertaining to rape, her conviction rate was thru the roof. For rapists in Alameda County she was like the equivilant of neucler bomb dropped on them, there are hundreds of rapists in California who will NEVER see the light of day because of Nancy O’Malley. So this blogger above doesn’t have a clue, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he is an idiot.

  • Rick K.

    Re: #3. Rew has very good points. From your account, Ms. O’Malley sounds like a dedicated, valuable public servant, which is highly commendable. My problem is with how she got the DA job that she now holds. It smacked of a “pass-the-baton” inside deal between her and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The voters were left with a Soviet-style “election” in June 2010 in which she was the only one on the ballot. The BART police officer “murder” prosecution was not based on sound reasoning, which the jury verdict demonstrated (but I cannot pass independent judgment on the matter because I do not know all of the evidence). Final point: in the name of rational discourse, please do not resort to calling other people who comment “idiots”.

  • john strong

    Why are the protest groups knocking down Wall Street without taking on equally greedy doctors and medical professionals ?? Has the AMA already declared itself above the fray ?? The MBZ/Lexus crowd must be giggling all the way to the bank !