Vasquez on verge of vacating the top public affairs position atSoCal Edison

WASHINGTON: Gaddi H. Vasquez, division VP of public affairs of the

Southern California Edison Company, is on his way to taking on the

toughest job he'll ever love: he has been nominated by President Bush to

head the Peace Corps.



If Vasquez's appointment is confirmed by the Senate, he will leave

vacant a public affairs position at a company under tremendous scrutiny,

given the current electricity crisis in California. As he has not been

formally offered - or accepted - the job, no replacement has been

announced.



The Peace Corps has just passed a major milestone. On October 14, 2000,

the Corps, which bills itself as "the toughest job you'll ever love,"

celebrated its 40th birthday. Events that commemorated the Peace Corps'

past, including Peace Corps Day in March where returned volunteers

visited classrooms to share their experiences, will continue through

September 2001.



Since the first group of Peace Corps volunteers left for Ghana in 1961

amid great fanfare, the organization has evolved. While not operating

today quite so much in the glare of the public spotlight, last year a

group of volunteers left for Mauritania to train as part of an HIV/AIDS

initiative. And earlier this year, the Peace Corps decided to close its

programs in Poland because it was able to "achieve the development goals

set forth by the government of Poland."



From 1987 to 1995, he was county supervisor of Orange County, CA. Before

that, he served in the California Governor's Office. He also was

appointed to the Commission on White House Fellowships and the US

Quincentenary Commission by former President Bush.



Vasquez, a former police officer in Riverside, CA, continues to serve as

a reserve police officer in the city of Orange.



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