2 Area Residents Named to State Panel

Gov. Pete Wilson has appointed two San Fernando Valley-area residents to a state commission designed to review state statutes and recommend changes to laws involving boundary shifts among cities, counties or other political districts.

Bert Boeckmann, 67, of Northridge, and Glendale City Councilman Larry Zarian, 59, are among the nine Wilson appointees to join the California Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century on Tuesday.

The commission was established in response to formation of new cities and city annexations. The 15-member board will review state statutes affecting boundary changes, as well as specific proposals to detach territory from existing cities. They will also try to identify any problems with the financing of local services.

The nine governor appointees join three appointees already selected by the Senate Rules Committee and another three chosen by the speaker of the Assembly. Members do not receive a state salary and their appointments do not require Senate confirmation.


Boeckmann is the owner of Galpin Motors Inc. and a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission. Boeckmann has previously served on the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission and the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles.

Zarian, a Glendale councilman since 1983, is a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, of which he has been a member of since 1995.

Other Los Angeles-area appointees include Robert Hunt, a Los Angeles attorney, and Jacqueline Bacharach, a former mayor and councilwoman from Rancho Palos Verdes--both appointed by the Senate Rules Committee under then Chairman Bill Lockyer--and Michael G. Colantuono, a Los Angeles attorney appointed by Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa.