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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed two former Republican Assembly members, Bonnie Garcia and George Plescia, to posts on the state's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

The jobs pay $128,000 a year. Colleague Andrew McIntosh has the details of the New Year's Eve appointments.

As McIntosh reports, Plescia and Garcia join an agency that has come under criticism for mismanagement, nepotism and conflicts of interest.

In a curious twist, Garcia, 46, and Plescia, 43, were among the lawmakers Schwarzenegger sounded off about in a 2006 private conversation later made public by the Los Angeles Times.

Schwarzenegger said of Garcia that "black blood" mixed with "Latino blood" equals "hot" -- in terms of passionate personality.

Garcia agreed she was a "hot-blooded Latina."

Plescia, then the GOP leader, was mocked by Schwarzenegger's chief of staff Susan Kennedy for looking "like the deer that keeps getting caught in my yard when I leave the gate open."


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