Laird appears headed back to Sacramento
January 2, 2011
Former Democratic state Assemblyman John Laird, who lost last summer’s special state Senate election to Republican Sam Blakeslee, is expected to play a pivotal role in the new Jerry Brown administration. [Mercury News]
Laird, 60, who also served as mayor of Santa Cruz, is expected to be appointed Monday to serve as head of the state Natural Resources Agency, giving the well-known environmentalist major oversight on issues relating to logging, fishing, farming, parks, and water policies.
A Brown spokesperson refused to comment on any possible appointments, saying nothing official would be announced until after the governor-elect is sworn in on Monday. However, the advocacy group Environment California announced that they have been told to expect Laird’s appointment.
Laird, currently teaching at UC Santa Cruz, earned a score of 100 percent from the California League of Conservation Voters, which called him “hands-down one of the best legislators California has had this decade.”
The new position pays $175,000 annually.