Gov. Jerry Brown made just one judicial appointment in his first 11 months in office.
This afternoon, he announced 14.
The Democratic governor's appointees included six Democrats to Los Angeles Superior Court and three more to Riverside Superior Court, including Raquel Marquez, a 45-year-old senior deputy district attorney who will be that court's first Latina judge.
Brown also appointed Kathleen O'Leary, 60, to be presiding justice of the third division of the 4th District Court of Appeal, where she has been an associate justice since 2000. O'Leary will be the first female presiding justice of the division, which oversees matters in Orange County. The position requires confirmation by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments and pays $204,599 a year.
Tuolumne County District Attorney Donald Segerstrom Jr., a Democrat, was appointed to a judgeship in Tuolumne Superior Court. Brown also appointed Democrats to judgeships in Ventura and Santa Clara superior courts, and he named a lawyer registered as a decline-to-state voter to a superior court judgeship in Imperial County.
The superior court positions pay $178,789 a year.
The appointments follow Brown's sole other judicial pick this year, in which he appointed Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court.