Governor names 11 to panels

Gov. Schwarzenegger appointed members to two state agencies this week.

Schwarzenegger named nine people to a commission that will decide whether dams will be built if voters approve an $11.1 billion water bond measure in November. He named two people to a new conservancy that is intended to promote ecosystem restoration and economic improvement in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The California Water Commission, which has been idle during Schwarzenegger's term, was charged last year with deciding whether to spend $3.5 billion on new dams should voters approve the massive water bond.

Each of the appointments requires Senate confirmation, and there is little incentive for the Democratic- controlled Senate to confirm a Republican governor's appointments so late in his term.

The commission appointments are: state Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, who has announced he is not running for re-election; Andrew Ball, a San Mateo developer; Joseph Byrne, a Los Angeles lawyer; Daniel Curtin of Sacramento, director of a carpenters trade group; Joe Del Bosque, a Los Banos farmer; Kimberley Delfino, a Sacramento environmentalist; Luther Hintz, a retired civil engineer from Brownsville; Paul Kelley, a Sonoma County supervisor; and Anthony Saracino, a Sacramento environmentalist.

The governor appoints all nine members of the water commission, but he gets to appoint just two of the Delta Conservancy's 11 members. His conservancy picks were Chuck Bonham, an Albany attorney for Trout Unlimited, and Michael Eaton, Sacramento-based director for the Resources Legacy Fund.