Congratulations to agribusinessman-farmer John Eisenhut of Turlock on his appointment to the California Air Resources Board, a powerful state board that makes critical decisions affecting business, industry and individuals.
It deals with all types of air pollution issues, from promoting the use of alternative-fuel vehicles to making rules on implementing AB 32, the state's controversial law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We think Eisenhut, 67, will provide a useful perspective to the air board as someone who knows the valley and agriculture but also has a master's degree in economics from University of California at Santa Barbara.
Eisenhut owns almond orchards and is manager of Hilltop Ranch Inc. He ran unsuccessfully for the state Assembly in 2008, losing to Bill Berryhill.
Eisenhut, a Democrat, was appointed to the air board by Gov. Jerry Brown; his nomination must be confirmed by the state Senate. The position pays $41,889 per year.