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California Boating and Waterways Commission

The Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) is mandated by the Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) to advise and comment on all DBW matters within its jurisdiction. The Commission must also advise and comment on all boating facilities loans and grants proposed by the division.

The Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Each commissioner's term runs for four years. The HNC specifies that in making appointments to the Commission, the Governor shall give primary consideration to the geographical location of the residences of members as related to boating activities and harbors. One member is required to be a private small craft harbor owner and operator, one member must belong to a recognized statewide organization representing recreational boaters, and one member must be an officer or employee of a local law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing boating laws.


Commission Members

Randy Short

Randy Short, Chair
(2014-2019) Bishop

Randy Short of Bishop, was appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in February 2014.

Short has been president of Almar Management Inc., a marina management company, since 2000. Almar Management operates 17 marinas throughout California, Hawaii and Mexico. Short was chief operating officer of Almar Management, Inc., from 1988 to 2000. He has extensive experience with all aspects of marina operations, design and construction. Short has designed and built marinas in California, Hawaii and Mexico, including the beautiful marina at Cabo San Lucas and the Honolulu resort marina at Ko Olina. Prior to coming to the marina industry he spent twenty years in the ski resort business, mostly at Mammoth Mountain where he held various management positions including his last position as mountain manager for Mammoth/June Ski Resorts June Mountain operation. Short is on the board of the Association of Marine Industries and of the Marina Recreation Association. He is also a member of the national Recreational Boating Leadership Council which is assessing the future direction of the marine industry. Short is also a member of the Channel Islands Harbor Foundation, this foundation, among other things, gives grants to underprivileged children that want to learn to sail.

Katherine Pettibone, Vice Chair
(2014-2018) Sacramento

Katherine Pettibone of Sacramento was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in February 2014.

Pettibone has been legislative director at the Civil Justice Association of California since 2010. She was a senior analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 2008 to 2010 and an attorney in private practice in 2007. Pettibone was assistant rules advisor and sailing team member at the 32nd America’s Cup from 2006 to 2007. She was a sailing team member and technical coordinator on Team Amer Sports at the Volvo Ocean Race from 2001 to 2002 and a sailing team member with the America True, San Francisco Yacht Club at the 30th America's Cup from 1998 to 2000. Pettibone was a sailing team member and sail coordinator with Team EF Whitbread Round the World Race Team from 1996 to 1998. She was a sailing team member with America 3 Foundation All-Women's Team at the 29th America's Cup from 1994 to 1995, the first all-female America’s Cup crew. She is a member of the U.S. Sailing Association and co-founder of the Rising Tide Leadership Institute. Pettibone earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Katherine Pettibone

David Livingston

David Livingston, Member
(2013-2021) Contra Costa

Sheriff Livingston began his career with the Fremont Police Department in 1987. After graduating with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Law & Society, Sheriff Livingston joined Fremont Police and attended the Oakland Police Academy. He served as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant and then captain before being selected to lead the City of Pleasant Hill Police Department as Chief of Police. He served in that capacity for about three years before being appointed Chief of Police for the City of Concord in 2005. Concord is the county's largest city and Sheriff Livingston served over five years there.

Sheriff Livingston earned his law degree from the USF School of Law and is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts. He is the past chair of the Contra Costa County Chiefs Association and was a Board Member on the California Police Chiefs Association. Sheriff Livingston is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a graduate of the California Peace Officer Command College and served three years on the California State Bar's Judicial Nominee Evaluation Commission, (this commission evaluates all judicial candidates before appointment by the Governor). He also represented the California Police Chiefs Association on the League of Cities Pension Reform Task Force.

Sheriff Livingston was sworn into his first term of office on January 3, 2011 and was appointed to the California State Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors in December 2011.

Douglas W. Metz, Member
(2006-2020) Coronado

Douglas W. Metz, of Coronado, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in 2006.

He is President of Metz & Associates, and senior counsel to The King Law Group providing professional and general management consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations. In Washington DC, he was CEO and general counsel of Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. He served as associate director and general counsel of the Council on International Economic Policy, assistant director of the President’s Economic Policy Board, and executive director of the Domestic Council Committee on Right of Privacy.

Prior to his White House service, Mr. Metz was vice president of the international management consulting firm of Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Earlier, he was a Congressional chief of staff. He served on active duty as an Air Force Judge Advocate.

Mr. Metz has been admitted to the bars of the state of Michigan, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

He is a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Infrastructure Committee and its Water Subcommittee. He is active in the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Coronado. He is immediate past President of the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association, one of the largest marina communities in California. He is Trustee and Vice President of the Coronado Unified School District.

Douglas W. Metz

Virginia Madueño

Virginia Madueño, Member
(2013-2021) Riverbank

Virginia Madueño of Riverbank has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Virginia is the President of IMAGEN, LLC, a communications and marketing firm she established in 2001. IMAGEN continues to demonstrate enthusiasm and expertise in government affairs, grassroots public outreach, community involvement, advocacy and advertising. Virginia served as Council member from 2005-2008 and Mayor for the City of Riverbank California 2009-20012. Madueño is a member of the Stanislaus County Family Justice Center, Gallo Center for the Arts Trustee, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California. She has a BA in Communications from CSU Stanislaus and is a graduate of the 2006 JFK School of Government at Harvard, National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). She was awarded the 2008 Trailblazer Business of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners and Wells Fargo and was awarded the 2008 Latina Style Magazine Business of the Year Award, where she was awarded the Anna Maria Arias scholarship to attend the Dartmouth School of Business Minority Enterprise Program in 2009.

Frank Peralta, Member
(2012-2020) Bonita

Frank Peralta of Bonita has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Peralta has been a deputy sheriff at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department since 1974. He is a member of the Latino Police Officers Association.

Frank Peralta

Brian Cooley

Brian Cooley, Member
(2018-2021) Alameda

Brian Cooley of Alameda, was appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission March 2018. Cooley was Chief Probation Officer at the Merced County Probation Department from 2005 to 2010 and was Director at Fouts Springs Youth Facility from 1985 to 2005. He is a member of the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association and a member and past commodore of the Oakland Yacht Club. Cooley earned a Master of Science degree in sociology from Southern Oregon University.