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Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon announced four more appointments to his new administration as well as seven appointments to the state Board of Education, though not his executive secretary.

The administration appointments were largely as expected. Brown:

Reappointed Mary Nichols chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, a post she held when Brown was governor before. The annual pay is $142,965.

Appointed former Assemblyman John Laird, a Santa Cruz Democrat, secretary of natural resources, a confirmation the environmental group Environment California praised over the weekend, despite Brown's unwillingness to confirm it. The annual pay is $175,000.

Appointed longtime adviser Marty Morgenstern secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Morgenstern was previously director of the Department of Personnel Administration and was Brown's chief labor negotiator when he was last governor. The annual pay is $175,000.

Appointed Ronald Yank director of the Department of Personnel Administration. Yank is a labor lawyer who represented the state prison officers' union. The annual pay is $142,965.

The four are all Democrats, as is Brown.

Brown also announced the following appointees to the state Board of Education: former schools superintendent Carl Anthony Cohn, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Louis "Bill" Honig, Stanford University Professor Emeritus Michael Kirst, Bakersfield schools official Aida Molina, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Indians James Ramos, California Teachers Association legislative advocate Patricia Ann Rucker, and EdSource executive director Trish Boyd Williams, all Democrats.

Honig and Kirst served on the state Board of Education during Brown's previous terms as governor.

Bee colleague Laurel Rosenhall has details on how Brown's appointments are shaking up the state Board of Education.

Click here to read the press release.

Brown said Monday he would announce his pick for executive secretary yesterday.


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