Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon defended his appointment of Bill Honig to the State Board of Education, saying the former state schools chief has "acquitted himself well" since being convicted of felony conflict-of-interest charges in 1993.
"I've known him, I've known his family," Brown said between meetings at the Capitol. "He has the kind of knowledge of the bureaucracy of education, as well as education policy. I think he's acquitted himself well in recent years. I think people can be confident that he has a contribution to make."
Honig was convicted of authorizing state funds to pay schools to hire his wife's nonprofit foundation. The charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.
Asked if he believed Honig was wrongly convicted, Brown said, "That, I don't know."
Brown expected the announcement of his executive secretary to be made shortly, perhaps this afternoon.
"I hope so," he said.
He declined to show reporters his new office, saying it isn't yet presentable.
"We've got to get it straightened out," he said. "Got to shape it up."