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ha_roy_ashburn18331.JPGHere's something you won't find on Roy Ashburn's biography posted on a state website: Before landing a lucrative board post last month, the former GOP state senator served briefly as an assistant to then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The monthlong gig kept Ashburn from ever skipping a paycheck last year, serving as a bridge between the day he left the Legislature and his appointment to a $128,109-a-year job on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Payroll records show that Ashburn served Schwarzenegger briefly as an "assistant to the governor" in the Office of Planning and Research at an annual salary of $99,996, an increase of $4,705 over his senatorial salary. He earned $8,333 for one month of work.

When Schwarzenegger later named Ashburn to a six-figure post on the appeals board - an action taken on the governor's last day in office - critics questioned whether the move was reward for Ashburn bucking much of the Senate GOP caucus in supporting about $12 billion in temporary tax increases in 2009.

Ashburn said he worked daily during his stint at the Office of Planning and Research, providing recommendations on how best to coordinate volunteer efforts of charitable organizations and faith-based groups in serving the homeless or unemployed in the Central Valley and elsewhere.

Ashburn said he did not produce a written report, but "I was very sincere in my effort to try to be helpful to the governor."

"The needs out there are real, especially in a tough economy," he added.

Ashburn's biography on the appeals board website lists his service in the Assembly, Senate, as a Kern County supervisor and in various other public positions.

For the record, here's what it doesn't say: Ashburn's monthlong stint with Schwarzenegger at the Office of Planning and Research began Dec. 1 and ended Jan. 2.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, speaks with Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, on Monday, March 8, 2010 on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Sacramento. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.


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