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With just over two days left in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday announced nearly 100 last-minute appointments to state boards and commissions, some going to members of his staff.

Last-minute appointments are somewhat of a Capitol tradition, with outgoing governors awarding jobs to staff members and other loyalists before leaving office. Schwarzenegger will make more appointments this weekend before turning the reins over to Democrat Jerry Brown at midnight Sunday. Most of the jobs handed out Friday were for minor posts that carry no salary. But a few are worth noting:

* -- Will Fox Jr., Schwarzenegger's deputy chief of staff, drew a $40,669-a-year job as a member of the State Personnel Board.

* -- Aaron McLear, the governor's press secretary, won appointment to the unpaid California Film Commission.

* -- Kari Miner, a Sacramento small business consultant, was appointed to a $128,109-a-year job on the Public Employment Relations Board.

* -- Wendy Mitchell of Los Angeles and Kenneth Zanzi of Fortuna landed unpaid jobs on the powerful California Coastal Commission. Mitchell is a Democrat and former staff member for former Democratic Sens. Richard Polanco and Denise Moreno Ducheny. Zanzi, a Republican and former longtime staff member at the Department of Fish and Game, is on the city council in Fortuna.

* -- Patti Aguiar, wife of Schwarzenegger secretary of State and Consumer Services Fred Aguiar, was appointed to an unpaid job on the Veterinary Medical Board. Aguiar, 61, is retired hospital official and advertising consultant.

* -- The governor appointed Victoria Bradshaw, his senior undersecretary for the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to an unpaid job on the Little Hoover Commission.


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