Governor Names Two to Boating Commission

Byline: Log News Service

Governor Names Two to Boating Commission

SACRAMENTO (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — Gov. Jerry Brown has filled two vacancies on the state Boating and Waterways Commission.

In a release March 13, Brown announced that he had reappointed Sheriff David Livingston and appointed Virginia Madueno, 47, of Riverbank in Stanislaus County, to four-year terms on the commission.

Livingston of Danville has been the sheriff-coroner for Contra Costa County since 2011. He was chief of police of the Concord Police Department from 2005-2011 and chief of the Pleasant Hills Police Department from 2002-2005. He also served in multiple positions at the Fremont Police Department from 1987-2002, including captain.

Livingston, 48, was first appointed to the commission by Brown in March 2012, to fill a vacancy on the commission for a representative from a law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing boating laws. Although his term expired Jan. 15, he was allowed by law to continue serving on the commission until March 15 because the governor had failed to name a replacement for him during that period.

Madueno, a Democrat, has been president of Imagen LLC since 2001. She served as mayor of Riverbank from 2009-2012, was a community organizer at Clean Water Action from 2009-2011 and served as a public information officer for Stanislaus County from 1981-2001. She replaces Commissioner Matthew Webb, whose term expired Jan. 15.

Both positions require Senate confirmation, and the compensation for commissioners is $100 per day plus expenses.

With the two appointments announced March 13, one vacancy remains on the seven-member commission — for a small craft harbor owner and operator.

The Governor’s Reorganization Plan #2 of 2012 included a proposal to eliminate the Boating and Waterways Commission. However, as a result of legislation passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in 2012 (Assembly Bill 737), the commission will be placed under the Department of Parks and Recreation July 1. The department’s new Division of Boating and Waterways will not be required to obtain the consent of the commission before funding recreational boating facility projects from the state’s Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund.

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