Environmental Quality

The Environmental Quality (EQ) Policy Committee reviews issues related to air, water and water quality, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), solid waste and recycling, hazardous materials, coastal issues, utilities, and wildfires.   


Policy Committee

Committee Leadership

2022 Chair - David Pollock, Council Member, Moorpark
2022 Vice Chair - Jennifer Cavenaugh, Council Member, Piedmont

Committee Members

The committee's membership is comprised of representatives from each of the Cal Cities professional departments, regional divisions, and caucuses, and appointments by the Cal Cities president.

  • David Pollock, Council Member, Moorpark (Chair; Presidential Appointment)
  • Jennifer Cavenaugh, Vice Mayor, Piedmont (Vice Chair; Presidential Appointment)
  • Nicholas Ghirelli, Assistant City Attorney, Agoura Hills (City Attorneys Department)
  • Teresa Vargas, Government Services Director/City Clerk , Lathrop (City Clerks Department)
  • Niroop Srivatsa, City Manager, Lafayette (City Managers Department)
  • Jarrod Vanlandingham, Fire Chief, Redding (Fire Chiefs Department)
  • Michael Solorza, Director of Finance, Montebello (Fiscal Officers Department)
  • Tom Butt, Mayor, Richmond (Mayors and Council Members Department)
  • Paolo Beltran, Deputy City Manager, Lakewood (Personnel and Employee Relations Department)
  • Eric Nelson, Planning Commissioner, Dana Point (Planning and Community Development Department)
  • Derrek Kaff, Police Chief, Woodland (Police Chiefs Department)
  • Julie Lucido, Director of Public Works, Napa (Public Works Officers Department)
  • Richard O'Brien, Mayor, Riverbank (Central Valley Division)
  • Gary Singh, Vice Mayor, Manteca (Central Valley)
  • Eric Friedman, Council Member, Santa Barbara (Channel Counties Division)
  • Andy Pease, Council Member, San Luis Obispo (Channel Counties Division)
  • Randall Putz, Council Member, Big Bear Lake (Desert Mountain Division)
  • Julie Ryan, Special Projects Manager, Apple Valley (Desert Mountain Division)
  • Jean Josey, Vice Mayor, Dublin (East Bay Division)
  • Kevin Wilk, Council Member, Walnut Creek (East Bay Division)
  • Martha Singh, Council Member, El Centro (Imperial County)
  • Melissa Morgan, Public Services Manager, Highland (Inland Empire Division)
  • Kristine Scott, Council Member, Rancho Cucamonga (Inland Empire Division)
  • Diana Mahmud, Mayor, South Pasadena (Los Angeles County)
  • Frank Yokoyama, Council Member, Cerritos (Los Angeles County)
  • Jenny McAdams, Council Member, Pacific Grove (Monterey Bay Division)
  • Pat Eklund, Mayor, Novato (North Bay Division)
  • Margie Mohler, Council Member, Yountville (North Bay Division)
  • Robert Collacott, Council Member, Villa Park (Orange County Division)
  • Richard Hurt, Council Member, Aliso Viejo (Orange County Division)
  • Kitty Moore, Council Member, Cupertino (Peninsula Division)
  • Jain Sudhanshu, Council Member, Santa Clara (Peninsula Division)
  • Melanie Bagby, Council Member, Cloverdale (Redwood Empire Division)
  • Mireya Turner, Council Member, Lakeport (Redwood Empire Division)
  • Julio Martinez, Mayor, Beaumont (Riverside County Division)
  • Karina Quintanilla, Council Member, Palm Desert (Riverside County Division)
  • Alex Brown, Council Member, Chico (Sacramento Valley Division)
  • Jesse Loren, Council Member, Winters (Sacramento Valley Division)
  • Teresa Acosta, Council Member, Carlsbad (San Diego County Division)
  • Marvin Heinze, Council Member, Coronado (San Diego County Division)
  • Daniel Martinez, Mayor Pro Tem , Sanger (South San Joaquin Valley Division)
  • Kalish Morrow, Council Member, Hanford (South San Joaquin Valley)
  • Darrell Dorris, Council Member, Lancaster (African American Caucus)
  • Gabe Quinto, Mayor, El Cerrito (Asian Pacific Islander Caucus)
  • Denise Diaz, Council Member, Southgate (Latino Caucus)
  • Devin Murphy, Mayor Pro Tem, Pinole (LGBTQ Caucus)
  • Cynthia Moran, Council Member, Chino Hills (Women’s Caucus)
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  • Mollie Kortsen, Communications Specialist, Roseville (CAPIO)
  • Arwen Wacht, Program Specialist, Sacramento (CSMFO)
  • Bryce Wilson, Management Analyst, Murrieta (MMASC)
  • Paul Akinjo, Council Member, Lathrop (Presidential Appointment)
  • Tess Albin-Smith, Council Member, Fort Bragg (Presidential Appointment)
  • Rene Bobadilla, City Manager, Montebello (Presidential Appointment)
  • Bob Branstrom, Council Member, Grass Valley (Presidential Appointment)
  • Illece Buckley Weber, Council Member, Agoura Hills (Presidential Appointment)
  • Anna Chouteau, Council Member, St. Helena (Presidential Appointment)
  • Margaret Clark, Council Member, Rosemead (Presidential Appointment)
  • Marla Livengood, Sr. Policy Adv to Mayor, Stockton (Presidential Appointment)
  • Justin Massey, Council Member, Hermosa Beach (Presidential Appointment)
  • Brenda Olmos, Mayor, Paramount City (Presidential Appointment)
  • Jeff Rosaler, Community Development Manager, Dana Point (Presidential Appointment)
  • Nick Schultz, Council Member, Burbank (Presidential Appointment)
  • Jesús Silva, Council Member, Fullerton (Presidential Appointment)
  • Jamie Wood, Environmental Management Director, Carlsbad (Presidential Appointment)
  • Rod Brewer, Government Relations Advisor, Southern California Edison (SCE) (League Partner)*
  • Brian LaBrie, Account Executive, Johnson Controls (League Partner)*
Meeting Agendas and Highlights
The Environmental Quality Policy Committee will meet virtually in 2022 on the following dates and times:

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