Governor Schwarzenegger has just announced his nomination of Third District Court of Appeal Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to succeed Ronald M. George as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. Here is the official press release, and here is Justice Cantil-Sakauye's profile. The Los Angeles Times has this article on the news and the Sacramento Bee has this report.
The press release says that she attended U.C. Davis School of Law, which is also my alma mater!
Hat tip to Southern California Appellate News, who had it first, and to JM for passing it along.
UPDATE: Nate Smith of Southern California Appellate News included Justice Cantil-Sakauye on his short list last week based on three factors: (1) Schwarzenegger had appointed her to the Court of Appeal (which addresses his need to make a nomination very quickly); (2) she has court administration experience, having served on the Judicial Council and on various administrative committees; and (3) she is a Republican. Nice going, Nate!