Thursday, August 25, 2011
When Jim Boyd started in state government, Pat Brown was governor, John Kennedy was president, Alfred E. Neuman didn’t worry and I had my Schwinn stolen. But there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then, and here we are a half-century later and Boyd is retiring after serving as one of the nation’s premier air-quality regulators, although that was just one of the hats he wore. Boyd, the vice chair of the California Energy Commission, ran the Air Resources Board staff for 15 years, from 1981 to 1996. He’s been involved in bioenergy, alternative transportation, renewable energy, climate action, alternative fuels, land use, nuclear energy regulation and established the UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid Center. He’s been on the Energy Commission for the past nine years, and he’s served at Water Resources, Health and Welfare and Fish & Game, among other locales in the state bureaucracy. He’s won all sorts of awards, too – this makes us especially envious, because we never win anything – and he’s deserved them all. So adios, Jim – and go somewhere where the air is clear….