VIDEO: Dan Walters says Democrats are already risking a pledge to responsibly use their supermajority.
A handful of Gov. Jerry Brown's appointments are up for Senate confirmation today. Among them are two nominees with connections to other California politics figures: Kimiko Burton, nominated to the State Personnel Board, is the daughter of California Democratic Party chairman and former Senate President Pro Tem John Burton; Mark Nechodom, who is in line to become director of the Department of Conservation, is married to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
Budget countdown: Gov. Brown is set to spell out the terms of this year's fiscal battleground tomorrow, on Thursday, Jan. 10.
New jobs: DeAnn Baker will become director of legislative affairs for the California State Association of Counties. Baker had been the organization's senior legislative representative for housing, land use & transportation.
Judy Cias will serve as the State Board of Education's acting commissioner, stepping into a vacancy created by Susan Burr's retirement in December. Cias has been serving as the board's chief counsel.