VISALIA, Calif.(June 7, 2000)—For the first time in its history, the California Integrated Waste Management Board has named a woman to its top post.
Linda Moulton-Patterson took the reins of California´s waste management board June 1. The board elected her chairwoman May 23 to replace outgoing chairman Dan Eaton, who has led the board since 1998.
The state´s legislature created the California Waste Board in 1972. In 1989, the legislature replaced that body with the Integrated Waste Management Board.
"I´m honored to receive the Board´s support at this key time when cities, counties and regional agencies are striving to meet our 50 percent waste reduction standard by the end of the year," Ms. Moulton-Patterson said.
Mr. Eaton stepped down as chairman at the end of May to allow a board member appointed by Democratic Gov. Gray Davis to take control, said a spokesman for the board. Historically, a governor-appointed member chairs the board, the spokesman said.
"It´s sort of a passing of the baton," he said.
Mr. Davis named Ms. Moulton-Patterson to the board Aug. 30, 1999. She was his first appointee. She served as mayor and a member of the City Council of Huntington Beach before joining the board.
Mr. Eaton will remain with the waste board until his membership expires Jan. 1, 2002.
The six-member California Integrated Waste Management Board is responsible for managing the estimated 60 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in the state annually. It is one of six boards and departments within the California Environmental Protection Agency.