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newsrel -- ARB appoints new Executive Officer

Posted: 26 Oct 2007 09:50:44
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the appointment of James Goldstene to the position of
Executive Officer.  You can review the release online at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr102607.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 07-49
October 26, 2007
Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990 
ARB appoints new Executive Officer

SACRAMENTO -- The California Air Resources Board today appointed
an internal manager with decades of state experience at numerous
agencies as its new executive officer.

"James Goldstene has the right blend of experience and diplomacy
to help lead the ARB. Over his many years of state service, he
has been fair, thoughtful and progressive - all qualities that
will allow him to make tough decisions in helping guide ARB
through this crucial period of its history," said ARB Chairman
Mary D. Nichols. "I look forward to working with him closely,
particularly as we move ahead on tackling climate change. I also
want to acknowledge the terrific job that Tom Cackette did as
acting executive officer during my first few months on the

As Executive Officer, Goldstene, will be responsible for the
agency's day-to-day operation, including directing the staff to
carry out Board policy, assisting its members and overseeing
preparation of technical material for Board consideration. The
Executive Officer also reviews legislative proposals and
represents the ARB before other governmental agencies, public
and private organizations and the Legislature.

Goldstene, 44, holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Government from
California State University, Sacramento, where he currently
serves as part-time faculty in the Government Department.

He has served a dual role during his tenure with the Board. In
2006 he was brought on as a specialist to coordinate the Board's
involvement in California's Smog Check program. Later, he also
began serving as Senior Advisor to the Board's Office of Climate
Change, responsible for providing policy guidance and direction
for the implementation of AB 32, the California Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006.

Prior to his appointment to the ARB, Goldstene served as Deputy
Chief at the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau
of Automotive Repair where he oversaw the day-to-day operations
of the Bureau, which regulates automotive repair dealers and
administers the state's Smog Check program. His career history
also includes key management positions with the Bureau of
Barbering and Cosmetology, State Contractors License Board, the
California Pollution Control Financing Authority and other
financing authorities in the Office of the State Treasurer.
Goldstene also served as Lt. General Leo McCarthy's
environmental advisor in the early 90s.

The Air Resources Board is widely recognized as the nation's
leading state air pollution control agency, with an annual
budget of over $750 million and more than 1,200 employees. The
Board has set some of the nation's most advanced air quality
standards and developed some of the most innovative emission
reduction strategies for cars, trucks and buses. Most recently,
the Board has been tasked with reducing climate change

Goldstene replaces Catherine Witherspoon, who resigned from the
position last summer.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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