The Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission investigates earthquakes and researches earthquake-related issues and makes recommendations to the Governor’s Office and the Legislature about policies to reduce earthquake risks.
Parkinson’s role on the commission will be investigating and evaluating earthquake damage and reconstruction efforts in areas of seismic activity, conducting public hearings on seismic safety and recommending earthquake safety programs to governmental agencies and the private sector, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“I’m honored to have been chosen by Governor Brown to serve on this all-important commission,” Parkinson said in a written release. “It’s a simple fact of life, if you live in California, you have to live with earthquakes. This appointment is a reflection of our work on the Sheriff’s Public Safety Task Force to make San Luis Obispo County the most prepared county in the nation for disaster preparedness. And now I can take that message to the state level so that all Californians can be better prepared when the next quake strikes.”
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Parkinson, who recently won another term as county sheriff in the uncontested June primary, will serve a four-year term on the commission.