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April 20, 2017 9:01pm
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•  Fresno gets a new city manager

•  Sacramento law firm adds an attorney

•  State’s farmers get oversight “straight outta Compton”

Wilma Quan-Schecter
Kathryn Patterson

• Wilma Quan-Schecter has been named city manager of Fresno, succeeding long-time City Manager Bruce Rudd, who is retiring after 41 years of service to the city.

Ms. Quan-Schecter is the first female city manager in Fresno’s history. She assumes the office on July 10.

Mr. Rudd will remain part of the city administration as an temporary adviser to ensure a smooth transition through the end of the year.

Ms. Quan-Schecter has been Fresno’s deputy city manager. Prior to her time with the city manager’s office, she was the urban planning specialist with the Fresno’s Downtown and Community Revitalization Department where she served as the project manager for the Fresno High-Speed Rail Station Area Master Plan, the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan, and the Downtown Development Code.

She also spent six years at the California Department of Transportation in transportation planning and modeling.

Prior to becoming city manager, Mr. Rudd served as the city’s assistant city manager, director of transportation, chief information officer, and director of the Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department.


• Kathryn Patterson has joined Downey Brand's Employment Law Practice in Sacramento.

Ms. Patterson represents clients in all aspects of the employment relationship.

Her experience includes discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, ERISA, and fraud.

She is a board member of Legal Services of Northern California and a founding member of 100 Women Who Care, an organization of women committed to supporting local non-profits in the Sacramento region.


• Karen Yamamoto, 67, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California State Teachers’ Retirement Board. Ms. Yamamoto served as a second grade teacher for the Washington Unified School District from 1992 to 2007. She is a member of the Florin Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project and the California Department of Education’s Curriculum Development and the Supplemental Materials Commission, where she was chair in 2003.

This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Ms. Yamamoto is a Democrat.


• Isadore Hall, a former state Senator from the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, has been confirmed to the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Approval of the nomination by Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. came on a vote of 25-13.

The nomination was apposed by Central Valley lawmaker Anthony Vidak, R-Hanford, who called Mr. Hall “completely unqualified, ill-suited and ethically challenged.”

The five-member Agricultural Labor Relations Board considers cases related to unfair labor practices and oversees collective bargaining rights for the state’s vast farming and ranching industry.

Mr. Hall was a state Senator from 2014 to 2016 and an Assemblyman from 2008 to 2014.

He will be paid $142,095 a year for his labor on the board.


• Michelle Banonis, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources. Ms. Banonis has been area manager for the Bay Delta Office at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation since 2016, where she has served in several positions since 2009, including, special assistant to the regional director, California WaterFix (the marketing name given to the governor’s Delta Tunnels scheme) program manager, restoration goal supervisor for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and natural resources specialist.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $139,656. Ms. Banonis is a registered without party preference.


Bryce Lundberg, 56, of Chico, has been reappointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he has served since 2013. Mr. Lundberg has been vice president of agriculture at Lundberg Family Farms since 2000 and partner and owner at B&E Lundberg since 1984. He is a member of the California Certified Organic Farmers.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mr. Lundberg is a Democrat.

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