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County Planning Director Ignacio Gonzalez Named New Chairperson of the State Mining and Geology Board by Governor Jerry Brown


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. — Ignacio “Nash” Gonzalez, the County of Santa Clara’s Planning and Development Director, has been appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) as Board Chairperson by Governor Jerry Brown. He will fill the local government/urban planning vacancy on the Board.  Ignacio "Nash" Gonzalez

The SMGB is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for a four-year term.  The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the State's interests in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.  
“We are delighted that the Governor recognized Nash’s wealth of expertise in surface mining and reclamation,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. “He is a great asset here in Santa Clara County and will serve the State well.” 
49-year old Gonzalez has more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of planning. During much of that time, he has handled mining and reclamation related issues in California. Before joining County of Santa Clara’s Planning and Development Department last January, Gonzalez served as Planning and Building Services Director for the County of Mendocino.
For seven years prior, he held senior positions with Pacific Municipal Consultants, a municipal planning firm that works with hundreds of public agencies throughout the western United States.

During his tenure with the firm, Gonzalez worked with several communities throughout
California. He managed both staff and a variety of projects including residential, commercial and industrial developments, as well as environmental reviews and long range planning efforts.
“I’m very honored to be appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board by Governor Brown,” said Gonzalez.  “I can’t wait to start working with the other Board members to best represent the State’s interests in geology and mining related activities in California.”
Gonzalez’s specialty is Surface Mining and Reclamation (SMARA) compliance.  While working for Pacific Municipal Consultants he not only developed the company’s SMARA program, but he also provided assistance to a number of communities and jurisdictions throughout the state performing inspections, preparation of environmental documents and compliance audits.
Media Contact:Gwendolyn Mitchell/Shirley Zackor, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Posted: October 3, 2012