While we don't like many of his decisions, we don't like his tendency to politicize almost everything and we don't like the fact that in all his time in the state's highest office he has never set foot in our county, we do like Gov. Gray Davis' appointment of Annie Gutierrez to a judgeship on the Imperial County Superior Court.
Davis certainly could have made the appointment sooner — it took nearly a year and a half — to relieve our county's overcrowded, prison case-packed court system, but we can't argue with the choice he finally made.
Gutierrez is an Imperial Valley native who is respected in the profession and beyond. She will be the first woman to serve as a judge in the county's Superior Court. She also will be one more Hispanic judge in a highly Hispanic county, and that is a good thing. We already had a relatively high number of Hispanic judges in our court system and putting a Latina on the Superior Court bench makes the pool of judges even more representative of our populace here in Imperial County.