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April 4, 2006

Governor Appoints Three to Boating and Waterways Commission

SACRAMENTO – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed three Boating and Waterways Commission members with backgrounds ranging from boating safety and law enforcement to marina recreation. Commissioners on the seven-member board serve four year terms. Each position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Robert Nagata, 60, of Los Angeles has been a member of the commission since 1999 and has been appointed for an additional term.

Nagata has been involved in boating since 1977 and is an avid fisherman. In 1987 he earned a United States Coast Guard license to operate uninspected small passenger vessels and has continuously maintained that license to the present.

Nagata is an attorney currently serving Of Counsel to the law firm Lamb & Kawakami, LLP. He started his career as a tax accountant for Price Waterhouse and Company. He has practiced tax and corporate law since 1973 and was certified as a taxation specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 1977.

Nagata was previously a partner with the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue as well as with the Los Angeles law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett. He is a graduate of University of Southern California, University of San Diego School of Law and Golden Gate University’s Master of Taxation program.  

H.P. "Sandy" Purdon, 63, of San Diego, was initially appointed to the Boating and Waterways Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 to fulfill the remainder of a term and is now entering his first full term.

He has been president of H.P. Purdon & Company, a management firm handling San Diego tidelands marinas, since 1977. He is a member and past president of the California Marina Recreation Association, a member and past chairman of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, and past president and chairman of the San Diego International Sports Council.

Purdon founded the nationally recognized Clean Marina Program San Diego, the YachtFest Mega Yacht Boat Show in San Diego and the annual Big Bay July 4th Fireworks Show that benefits the Armed Services YMCA.

Purdon has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University and a Graduate Certificate from the University of California, San Diego in Urban Planning and Development.  He is a former US Marine Corps officer and Vietnam Veteran.

Warren Rupf, 62, of Martinez, was a member of the Boating and Waterways Commission from 1997 to 2004 and has been appointed to an additional four-year term.

Rupf has served as the sheriff-coroner of Contra Costa County since 1992. He first joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department in 1965 as a deputy sheriff. Rupf served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1965. He is a graduate of the National Executive Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

Rupf is active in many law enforcement and community service organizations including the National Sheriff Association's Marine and Water Safety Committee, the Governor's Task Force to Review Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Response, and the California State Sheriff's Association. He has also served as the Vice Chair of Marine/Water Safety Committee for the National Sheriffs’ Association.

The Boating and Waterways Commission provides advice and consent for all small craft harbor loans and boat launching facility grants proposed by the Department of Boating and Waterways. For more information about the Boating and Waterways Commission, visit www.dbw.ca.gov. Photos of all commissioners are available at http://www.dbw.ca.gov/bwc.asp.

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