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SACRAMENTO � Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has named two new members to the Commission on Judicial Performance just weeks after an ousted judge complained about the watchdog panel’s vacancies and shifting composition. Peter Flores Jr., 43, a deputy attorney general from San Francisco, will serve in one of two spots reserved for lawyers on the commission. He replaces attorney Michael Kahn, whose four-year term expired in February. Before joining the attorney general’s office in 2005, Flores was a prosecutor in the Sacramento County district attorney’s office for 10 years. Before that, he served as an associate at Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff, Tichy & Mathiason. Flores is a registered Democrat. Commissioners are not paid a salary. Rancho Santa Fe hotelier Samuel Hardage, 68, fills one of six public member slots, one previously held by Jose Miramontes. Miramontes’ term also ended in February. Hardage is a former chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to GOP candidates and causes. The co-founder and CEO of Woodfin Suites Hotel, Hardage is currently in a legal battle with the city of Emeryville over its living-wage law and allegations that Woodfin owes its employees significant back pay. One other seat, to be filled by a non-lawyer, is vacant. Another public member, Patricia Miller, has been serving on the commission even though her term in office expired in February 2005. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu�ez is responsible for filling both those seats. A spokesman for Nu�ez has said the speaker is trying to fill the positions but conceded that the process has gone slowly. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jose Velasquez, booted off the bench in April by the CJP, has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider his ouster on the grounds that vacancies and expired terms have skewed the panel’s membership toward judges and lawyers and not the laypeople that voters envisioned when they revamped the commission in a 1994 initiative.

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