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Governor Schwarzenegger Appointments to the State Park and Recreation Commission
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointments of four members to the State Park and Recreation Commission: Clint Eastwood, Gail Kautz, Sophia Delia Scherman, and Robert Sargent Shriver.
"I am gratified that Clint, Gail, Sophia and Bobby have made the commitment to serve the people of California in this capacity," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "They each bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to the Commission and have demonstrated a commitment to preserving the natural grandeur of California's landscapes for every resident of the state."
Eastwood has served as a member of the Commission since 2001. He is an award-winning actor, director and producer who has appeared in over 50 features throughout his career. After appearing on the long-running television show "Rawhide," Eastwood's film career as a leading man began with the Sergio Leone western "A Fistful of Dollars." He founded Malpaso Productions in 1971, the year he directed his first feature film, "Play Misty for Me." Eastwood has since produced and directed more than 20 films. He won an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director in 1992 for "Unforgiven," and was nominated in the same categories this year for "Mystic River." Eastwood is a member of the Board of Directors for the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, and The Film Foundation. He also helps raise funds for charitable organizations as Chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Golf Foundation. Eastwood was the Mayor of Carmel from 1986 to 1988 and a member of the National Council for the Arts from 1972 to 1978. Eastwood, 73, is a resident of Carmel and a registered Republican.
Kautz is vice president of Ironstone Winery in Murphys, CA and is actively involved in John Kautz Farms, a family farming operation in Lodi, CA. She served as a member of the California Exposition and State Fair Board from 1987 to 1995, and was named chair in 1993. Kautz has won several awards including the Nation's Outstanding Young Farmer award and was the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce's 1998 Agriculture Person of the Year. She owns the 1996 World Champion Working Cow Horse and was also in the Top 10 World Quarterhorse Reining. Kautz is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Pacific, Women for Agriculture, and is past-president and lifetime honorary member of the California 4-H Foundation. She is the founder of the Ironstone Concours Foundation, an organization committed to supporting statewide and local 4-H youth development. Kautz, 67, received her bachelor's degree from University of Pacific. She is a resident of Lodi and a registered Republican.
Scherman is the mayor of the City of Elk Grove and has served on the City Council since 2000. She is a member of the Sacramento Employment Training Board, the Sacramento County Regional Sanitation Board, the California League of Cities Administration Policy Committee and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Advisory Council. Scherman was previously an elected member of the Elk Grove Community Services District, serving as president and vice president. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of Sophia's Travel from 1987 to 1997. For eight years, she was the driving force behind the construction of Clarence Frank Baker Park in Elk Grove, a unique park designed for citizens with special needs as well as the public at large. Scherman has also served as president of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and been a member of the Sacramento County Fire Advisory Board and the Sacramento County Disability Advisory Council. She has received many awards and honors, including the California Senate Woman of the Year Award, Elk Grove Citizen of the Year, and the Y.W.C.A. Woman of Distinction Award for Community Service. Scherman, 65, is a resident of Elk Grove and a registered Republican.
Shriver has served as a member of the Commission since 2001. He is currently president of RSS Inc., a film, music and philanthropic company. Shriver previously served as president of Special Olympic Productions from 1988 to 1994. Prior to that, he was a partner of the venture capital business James D. Wolfensohn Inc. for six years. Earlier, he served as a clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1981 to 1982. Shriver's experience also includes work as a journalist for the Chicago Daily News and Los Angeles Herald Examiner from 1975 to 1978. He is the director of The Crossroads at Antigua Foundation and chairman of DATA Foundation, Inc. Shriver is a member of both the California State and Washington D.C. Bar Associations. He received his bachelor's degree and law degree from Yale University. Shriver, 49, is a resident of Santa Monica and a registered Democrat.
These positions are unpaid and require Senate confirmation.
The responsibility of the State Park and Recreation Commission is to acquire, protect, develop and interpret for the inspiration, use and enjoyment of the people of California a balanced system of areas with natural and cultural resource values and recreational opportunities. The Commission reports on, and recommends, to the Governor needed recreational and park facilities at the State and local level. It also establishes general policies for the guidance of the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation and for the protection and development of the State park system.