Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Appointments to the California Apprenticeship Council

December 10, 2013 - Governor Jerry Brown has announced eight appointments to the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC). These appointments are vitally important to California Building Trades workers and the state's economy because the CAC oversees apprenticeship programs to ensure quality and makes decisions on the approval and expansion of apprenticeship programs.

Significantly, Governor Brown's new appointees replace a number of anti-labor members appointed to the CAC by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, including a high-ranking official of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  SBCTC President Robbie Hunter commented: "Governor Brown understands that a well-trained, streamlined workforce that provides the manpower for state infrastructure and private construction is a vital tool in California's drive to stay a leader in the world economy."

Of the council's 17 members, 14 are appointed by the governor for four-year terms; six represent management, six represent labor, two represent the public. The remaining three are ex officio members representing the chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the superintendent of public instruction, and DIR's director. The chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards serves as secretary to the CAC, and DAS provides staff services.

The governor announced he had appointed the following SBCTC supported commissioners:

Susan Anderson, 61, of Fresno. Anderson served in multiple positions for the County of Fresno from 1989 to 2013, including District 2 supervisor, county clerk, registrar of voters and deputy district attorney. She was membership and marketing director at the Central Valley Young Men’s Christian Association from 1973 to 1984 and served on the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board from 2009 to 2012 and from 2002 to 2004. Anderson earned a Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law.

Carl Goff, 54, of Placerville, who has served on CAC since 2007. Goff has held multiple positions at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 since 1993, including grievance committee member, dispatcher, business representative, district representative, executive director, treasurer, vice-president and president. He was an operating engineer at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Project from 1991 to 1993 and a dispatcher for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 from 1988 to 1991. Goff is a Democrat.

Don “Scott” Gordon, 53, of Lake Forest, who has served on CAC since 2010. Gordon has been executive director of the Laborers Training and Retraining Trust for Southern California since 2001. He was operations manager at Hardy and Harper from 1996 to 2001 and district manager at the Associated General Contractors of California from 1994 to 1995. Gordon is a Democrat.

James Hussey, 62, of San Leandro. Hussey has been chief operations officer at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104 Bay Area Industry Training Fund since 2010 and president of Marina Mechanical since 1990. He was president of Bay Point Control Inc. from 1980 to 1990 and master electrician at the City of Concord Department of Leisure Services, Concord Pavilion from 1978 to 1980. Hussey was a service manager at Scatena York Company from 1977 to 1978 and at Marina Heating and Air Conditioning from 1972 to 1977. He is a member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association. Hussey is a Republican.

Chip Martin, 42, of Studio City. Martin has been executive director at the Finishing Contractors Association of Southern California since 2009 and owner of Martin Consulting Services and executive director at the California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association since 2005. He was a professional trustee at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 441 from 2007 to 2013, executive director of the California Landscape and Irrigation Council from 2007 to 2012 and vice president at McMorgan and Company from 2000 to 2005. Martin is a Republican.

Frank J. Quintero, 68, of Glendale. Quintero has served in multiple positions for the City of Glendale since 2001, including mayor and city council member. He was director of the Alliance for Education from 1976 to 2002. Quintero is a member of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and the Orangeline Development Authority Board of Directors. He served on the California Workforce Investment Board from 1999 to 2010. Quintero is a Democrat.

Neil Struthers, 52, of San Jose, who has served on CAC since 2003. Struthers has been chief executive officer of the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO since 1999. He was an apprentice coordinator for the Glaziers Local Union 1621 Joint Apprenticeship Council from 1997 to 1999. Struthers is a member of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and Glaziers Local 1621. Struthers is a Democrat.

Hector Velez, 59, of Fremont. Velez has been facilities and maintenance manager at BAE Systems since 1972. He is a member of the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Machinist Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Velez is a Democrat.

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