Bicyclists on the San Diego River Trail. Photo courtesy San Diego River Conservancy

Gov. Jerry Brown has named four San Diegans to various boards, including three to the San Diego River Conservancy Governing Board.

The three are Benjamin Clay of San Diego, Clarissa Falcon of Bonita and Elsa Saxod of San Diego, the governor’s office said Wednesday.

The state Legislature created the San Diego River Conservancy in 2002 to preserve the San Diego River area and, in turn, the residents and wildlife that are directly affected by the river’s conservation. The governing board is composed of local, state and federal officials and currently has 13 members, 11 of whom vote on board matters.

“The conservancy has no power of condemnation or authority over city zoning laws,” says its website.

“One … goal is to build, in conjunction with our partners, a riverlong park and hiking trail stretching 52 miles from the river’s headwaters near Julian to the Pacific Ocean.”

Clay, 73, has served on the board since 2010 and was owner at Carpi and Clay Government Relations from 1984 to 2005. He was vice president of government relations at Torrey Enterprises from 1982 to 1984 and director of intergovernmental relations for the County of San Diego from 1976 to 1982.

Clay served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1973. He is chair of the USS Midway Foundation and a member of the San Diego Maritime Museum and the San Diego Symphony Board.

Clay is registered without party preference.

Falcon, 46, has been owner and principal consultant at Falcon Strategies since 2010. She was district director in the Office of state Sen. Denise Ducheny from 2003 to 2010, a public policy analyst at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. from 2000 to 2003 and a field representative for Assemblywoman Denise Ducheny from 1994 to 2000.

Falcon, a Democrat, is a member of the South Bay Family YMCA Board of Directors, South County Economic Development Council, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Circulate San Diego and the University of California, San Diego Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.

Saxod, 74, has been president at Saxod Enterprises since 1978. A Democrat, she is a member of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors.

These positions do not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

The fourth local appointee is Jason Haider, 30, of San Diego — named to the California Workforce Development Board.

Haider has been founder and chief executive officer at Xenco Medical since 2011. He is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Haider is a Democrat.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

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