www.sfgate.com- "All of the 21 people appointed by Brown are registered as Democrats. That stands in contrast to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who routinely appointed Democrats and independent voters to top positions.
Brown appointed former Santa Cruz Assemblyman John Laird as secretary of the California Resources Agency, which oversees state parks, waterways, forests, fish and wildlife, and other natural resources. Laird is popular among environmental groups in the state and leaders of some of those organizations cheered the announcement.
For another key environmental role, Brown reappointed Mary Nichols to head the California Air Resources Board that is overseeing the state's efforts to combat climate change. Nichols, who has held the post since 2007, released a statement saying she was "delighted" to join the administration.
Nichols served as chairwoman of the board during Brown's second term as governor from 1979 to 1983, and her reappointment was met with praise from environmentalists similar to that for Laird...
Additionally, Brown appointed Marty Morgenstern of Oakland as secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, which oversees, among other things, the state's unemployment department. He also served in Brown's previous administrations.
The new governor appointed another Oakland resident, Ronald Yank, as the director of the Department of Personnel Administration. The department is essentially the human resources entity for state workers and also leads negotiations on state employee contracts.
Yank, who most recently was a neutral labor mediator, previously has represented public employee unions in contract negotiations, including the state prison guards union, whose members have been working without a contract since 2006...
The governor also made seven appointments to the state Board of Education, leaving only three current members in place.
The appointments included former state Superintendent Bill Honig, who resigned the office in 1992 to face felony conflict-of-interest charges for funneling state Department of Education money to a project his wife ran that encouraged parental involvement in schools. The felonies were later reduced to misdemeanors...
The new board will also include Stanford University Professor Emeritus Michael Kirst and a California Teachers Association union lobbyist Patricia Ann Rucker.
What a group! I can't wait!