OAKLAND -- A prominent Oakland developer and political mover and shaker was appointed to the embattled Medical Board of California on Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Phil Tagami, 47, of Oakland, is president and CEO of the California Capital and Investment Group, where he has worked since 1992. He's helped lead the redevelopments of the Rotunda Building in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, the Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue in the Uptown district and the West Oakland train station.

He also has served as chairman of the California Lottery Commission from 2012 to 2013 (another appointment by Brown), commissioner of the California Transportation Commission from 2008 to 2009, commissioner of the California State Park and Recreation Commission from 2003 to 2006 and commissioner of the California State World Trade Commission from 2002 to 2003.

As Oakland's mayor, Brown had named Tagami to the Port of Oakland's Board of Commissioners, on which he served from 2000 to 2003.

Tagami has been a big Democratic campaign benefactor, co-hosting fundraisers for Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2007 and Brown in 2009. Tagami also has close ties with former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, formerly of Oakland; it was Perata who named him to the state transportation commission.

This position requires state Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

The medical board is under attack, accused of failing to properly discipline doctors accused of having harmed patients; there's particular concern that it has turned a blind eye to reckless prescriptions. Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Los Altos, and state Sen. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, have introduced legislation to strip the board of its investigative powers.

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