Malcolm Maclachlan reports in today’s Daily Journal that “sources speaking off the record” have said Governor Gavin Newsom, in the next few weeks, will probably name a Latina to fill the vacancy created by Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar’s retirement at the end of October.
There have been four Latino justices, but a Latina justice would be a first for the court. It would also give the court a majority of permanent female justices for the first time since 2017 when Justice Kathryn Werdegar retired.
The article names Fourth District, Division One, Court of Appeal Justice Patricia Guerrero, Third District Justice Elena Duarte, and federal district court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers as possible appointees. Justice Duarte and Judge Gonzalez Rogers were both mentioned as candidates to fill earlier vacancies. (See here, here, and here.)
The article also says that Governor Newsom is “under pressure to name someone from Southern California.” Justice Guerrero is the only one of the three in that geographical category, although Justice Duarte was a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for a year over a decade ago.