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Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon appointed former bank executive Michael Rossi to the California High-Speed Rail Authority board, one week after Brown made Rossi his top jobs adviser.

The appointment is Brown's second in less than a week to the beleaguered rail authority's board. Brown said last week that construction of a high-speed rail system should go forward and that he was working to "get their act together" in the face of criticism about the project's management and cost.

Rossi, like Brown, is a Democrat. He replaces David Crane, an appointee of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Crane resigned Tuesday.

"As we have discussed over the past month, I have long been of the view that governors should be able to determine the actions of the California High-Speed Rail Authority," Crane wrote. "Accordingly, I wish to inform you that effective immediately, I am resigning my position on the board so that you can appoint someone in my place."

Compensation for the position is $100 per diem. The appointment does not require Senate confirmation.


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