SLO judge appointed to California appellate court
December 24, 2015
California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed San Luis Obispo Judge Martin Tangeman to a state appellate court.
Tangeman, a 62-year-old resident of Cambria, was awarded the role of associate justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, according to a governor’s office news release. Brown appointed Tangeman to the Divison 6 branch of the appellate court, which is located in Ventura.
The Commission on Judicial Appointments must still confirm Tangeman’s appointment for it to take effect. State Attorney General Kamala Harris is a member of the three-person commission.
Like Brown and Harris, Tangeman is a Democrat.
Tangeman has served as a San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge since 2001. Previously, he worked as a partner at Sinsheimer, Schiebelhut and Baggett from 1982 to 2001 and as an associate with Ogle, Gallo and Merzon from 1978 to 1982.
The judge earned his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Last month, San Luis Obispo Superior Court judges voted unanimously to elect Tangeman presiding judge. His two-year term was due to begin on Jan. 1. Judge Barry LaBarbera was elected assistant presiding judge.
As a San Luis Obispo judge, Tangeman ruled against the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business’s (COLAB) legal challenge to SLO County smart-growth policies. The 2nd District Court of Appeals later upheld Tangeman’s ruling the county did not need to prepare an environmental impact report when adopting its smart-growth policies.
When Tangeman joins the 2nd District appellate court his yearly compensation will be $211,330, according to the governor’s office news release.