Two judges named to SC County Superior Court

Deputy District Attorney Javier Alcala of Mountain View appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed two Santa Clara County Superior Court judges Monday: Deputy District Attorney Javier Alcala, 57, of Mountain View, and Court Commissioner Deborah Ryan, 57, of San Jose.

He also named two other judges to Alameda County and Contra Costa County superior courts.

Alcala, a prosecutor since 1983, earned his college and law degrees from the University of Santa Clara. He is a Republican and will take the seat of retired Judge Jack Kolmar.

Before being named a court commissioner in 1999, Ryan served as senior assistant counsel for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and as a deputy county counsel. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, and her law degree from Santa Clara University. A Democrat, she will replace retired Judge John Herlihy.

Federal prosecutor Iaona Petrou, 42, of Oakland, was named to the bench in Alameda County Superior Court. Petrou is currently the criminal health fraud coordinator in the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco. She previously served as the office's chief of major crimes.

Petrou, a Democrat, will replace retired Judge Morris Beautus. She received her college and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

The Contra Costa County Superior Court will be joined by Christopher Bowen, 42, of Richmond, who has been a deputy county public defender since 1994.

Bowen will fill a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position to a judgeship. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Santa Clara University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He is a Democrat.

The new judges will earn $178,789 per year.

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Posted by good choice
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Javier Alcala is an exceptionally wise choice. Alcala is hard-working, diligent, has a balanced sense of fairness, a very good grasp of what "justice". All this and more have established Mr. Alcala as a highly respected principal within the Santa Clara County judicial system. Good luck, Mr. Alcala.

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