The California Air Resources Board has an international reputation for innovation in its efforts to keep the state’s air clean. But a number of Democratic lawmakers and public interest groups are attacking Cindy Tuck, a former oil and energy lobbyist, who is the governor’s choice to head the A-R-B.
Bonnie Holmes Gen, a lobbyist with the American Lung Association, says Cindy Tuck is not a good fit.
"We need someone who will hold industries to account. Unfortunately Ms. Tuck’s career and lobbying positions have been dedicated to promoting business interests over public health."
But a spokeswoman for the governor, Julie Soderlund, says Tuck is firmly pro-environment.
"She’s committed to the ideals that the governor holds and also committed to protecting and preserving California’s environment and reducing air pollution in our state."
Cindy Tuck faces an uphill fight to win confirmation by the state Senate.