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    Jan 7

    BROWN’S FIRST APPOINTMENTS

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    The Governor has started filling out top positions in his administration.  Here are some of the top level appointees that have been named so far:

    Anne Gust Brown, 52, of Oakland, has been appointed Special Counsel in the Office of the Governor.  This position does not require Senate confirmation and Gust Brown will serve with no compensation.  Gust Brown is a Democrat.

    Nancy McFadden, 51, of Sacramento, has been appointed Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments, and Policy in the Office of the Governor. She was senior vice president at PG&E from 2005 to 2010.  Previously, McFadden served as senior advisor to Governor Gray Davis from 2001 to 2003, deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Vice President from 2000 to 2001, and general counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1996 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation, and the compensation is $175,000.  McFadden is a Democrat.

    John Laird, of Santa Cruz, has been appointed Secretary of the California Resources Agency.  Most recently, Laird taught in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz.  He served six years in the State Assembly, from 2002 to 2008, and was the Assembly Budget Committee Chair from 2004 to 2008. Previously, Laird was a member of the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002. He was the Executive Director for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project from 1991 to 1993. Laird was Mayor and a City Councilmember for the city of Santa Cruz from 1981 to 1990.  This position requires Senate confirmation, and the compensation is $175,000. Laird is a Democrat.

    Marty Morgenstern, of Oakland, has been appointed Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Since 2003, Morgenstern has consulted for the University of California on labor relations matters. He was director of the Department of Personnel Administration from 1999 to 2003. From 1994 to 1999, he worked as a private consultant to various labor organizations. Morgenstern was the Chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley from 1987 to 1994. From 1982 to 1987, he served as a member of the Public Employment Relations Board. Morgenstern served as the Director of the Department of Personnel Administration from 1981 to 1982.  In 1975, he was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations by Governor Jerry Brown. This position requires Senate confirmation, and the compensation is $175,000. Morgenstern is a Democrat.

    Mary Nichols, of Los Angeles, has been reappointed Chair of the California Air Resources Board, where she has served since 2007. From 2004 to 2007, Nichols served as director of the Institute of the Environment (IoE) at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also held faculty appointments as a professor in residence at the School of Law and the School of Public Affairs. Before joining UCLA, she served as secretary for California’s Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003. Nichols served as chair of the California Air Resources Board from 1979 to 1983 under Governor Brown and was a member of the CARB beginning in 1975. She served as assistant administrator for Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Clinton Administration.  Compensation for this position is $142,965. Nichols is a Democrat.

    Louis “Bill” Honig, of Marin, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education. He has been President of the Consortium on Reading Excellence since 2005. Previously, Honig served as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at San Francisco State University’s School of Education from 1993 to 1998. He was the Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1983 to 1993. Honig previously served on the California State Board of Education under Governor Brown from 1975 to 1983. Honig is a Democrat.

    Jan 7

    IS BROWN GOOD FOR INFILL?

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    Considering the above discussion of eliminating RDA’s, here is an interesting article speculating about the impact the new Governor will have on infill development.

    Jan 7

    REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK?

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    Among the many cuts and eliminations that are being rumored as part of the Governor’s Budget, which will be released early next week, is the elimination of local redevelopment agencies.  According to the Sacramento Bee, Brown would “wipe out” hundreds of local redevelopment agencies, which use property taxes to spur projects in blighted areas.  Recently the state has raided redevelopment funds to patch holes in the state budget.  Click here to read the full story.

    Jan 7

    PREVAILING WAGE LAW EXPANDED TO COVER PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION

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    Our friends at Cox, Castle, and Nicholson, have released a publication outlining the recent Court of Appeals decision that held for the first time that the Prevailing Wage Law applies to certain privately financed developments.  This is an important ruling and one in which we are very involved.  Click here to read the full article.

    Jan 7

    “JERRY BROWN IS BACK AND SO IS PROP 13”

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    Although the title is a bit misleading, because Proposition 13 has been regularly under attack in the Capitol in the last few years, this article by our good friend Joel Fox, President of the Small Business Action Committee, highlighting recent comments by the new Governor is very interesting.  Click here for the full story.

    Jan 7

    BROWN’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS TRANSCRIPT

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    “This is a special moment as executive power passes from one governor to another, determined solely by majority vote. It is a sacred and special ritual that affirms that the people are in charge and that elected officials are given only a limited time in which to perform their appointed tasks.

    For me this day is also special because I get to follow in my father’s footsteps once again—and 36 years after my first inauguration as Governor, even follow in my own.” 

    Click here to read the full transcript of Governor Brown’s third inaugural address.

    Jan 7

    WELCOME GOVERNOR BROWN

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    On Monday January 3, 2011, Jerry Brown was sworn in as the 39th Governor of the State of California. CBPA extends a hearty welcome and congratulations to Governor Brown and his wife Anne Gust Brown who will play a prominent role in the administration.  In the coming year California will grapple with many problems including our water supply, our economy, and our environment.   We stand ready to help the new Governor and his Administration in any way we can to once again make California work.