Governor Appoints 3 to SF Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority

AnthonyIntintoliJr..jpgGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week announced the appointments of Charlene Haught Johnson as chair, Anthony Intintoli Jr. as vice chair and Gerald Bellows as a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority.
“We all know how quickly ground transportation can break down in an earthquake or serious disaster making water transit so vital,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority is a critical part of making the Bay area better prepared for such an emergency. I am confident the people appointed today will work to ensure that the people of the Bay area are safer by expanding the region’s emergency preparedness capability.”
Johnson, 62, of Colma, served as president of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority from 2000 to December 2007. In this capacity, she was actively involved with Interferry, an international trade organization of ferry service providers, and the Passenger Vessel Association, which represents domestic ferry operators. Johnson has served as partner and attorney for the San Francisco based law firm, Hallisey and Johnson, formerly O’Brien and Hallisey, since 1974. She is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Johnson is a Democrat.Intintoli, 69, of Vallejo, served on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority from 2000 to December 2007.  He served as mayor of Vallejo from 1987 to 1995 and 1999 to 2007.
CharleneHaughtJohnsonMug.jpgIntintoli also served on the Vallejo City Council from 1977 to 1985.  From 1996 to 2002, he was a GED teacher at the Vallejo Adult School and, from 1981 to 1995, was a teacher of English, Spanish and history at Hogan High School.  From 1977 to 1981, Intintoli was a teacher at St. Patrick St. Vincent High School. Prior to that, for two years, he taught business law and Hispanic civilization as an adjunct instructor at Napa Valley College and Solano Community College.
Intintoli served as a legal officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Department of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1965 to his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1998 and served as an attorney in private practice from 1968 to 1977.  He served as chair of the Solano Transportation Authority in 2007 and is a past member of the California Defense Conversion Council, Solano County Mayors’ Committee and Solano County Board of Education. Intintoli is also past president of the League of California Cities North Bay Division and past chair of the Vallejo Redevelopment Agency and the Base Reuse Committee of the Defense Conversion Council.  He currently is a member of the board of directors of the Solano County Children’s Network and the St. Patrick St. Vincent High School Advisory Board. Intintoli is a Democrat.
Bellows, 58, of Berkeley, has served as logistics management officer for the U.S. Maritime Administration since 2007. From 2004 to 2007, he was a consultant for Smooth Sailing Incorporated and, from 1996 to 2007, served as chief engineer and assistant engineer for Patriot Contract Services, Mormac Company and Marine Transport Lines. Previously, Bellows was an assistant engineer for American President Lines from 1985 to 1996 and an associate professor of engineering at the California Maritime Academy from 1982 to 1985.
Prior to that, he was an assistant engineer on various container ships including the SS Spirit of Liberty, SS President Roosevelt and SS Santa Mercedes throughout the Pacific and Indian oceans from 1980 to 1982 and worked for the U.S. Department of Defense from 1976 to 1980 as a port and facility engineer. He is a vice  president of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and a member of the board of directors for the Society of Port Engineers of San Francisco. Bellows is a Republican.
These positions require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.
In 2007, the Governor signed SB 976 by Senator Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) which consolidated ferry services in the San Francisco Bay area through the new San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). WETA plans, manages, operates and coordinates the emergency activities of all water transportation and related facilities within the Bay area region except those owned and operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
During a state of emergency or a local emergency, the authority will coordinate the emergency activities for all water transportation services in the Bay area region in cooperation with the State Office of Emergency Services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.