Jerry Brown appoints John Laird to top Natural Resource Post

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is expected to appoint former Santa Cruz legislator John Laird head of the state Natural Resources Agency, sources said Saturday–a role that will give the environmental advocate a powerful voice in oversight of logging, fishing, farming, parks and water policies.

The appointment, likely to be announced after Brown’s swearing-in this week, suggests the governor-elect is hewing to his liberal principals, despite much talk about bipartisanship in the face of the state’s budget disaster. Read more here.

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