Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced today that he has appointed Allen to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. The job, a popular post-office appointment among former legislators, pays an annual salary of $128,109.
The state Democratic Party spent heavily to try to re-elect Allen, but the attorney and former labor negotiator lost to fellow Democrat Marc Levine in a newly drawn district.
The appointment was one of four announced by the speaker today. Pérez also named sitting Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and freshman Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, to the Seismic Safety Commission. Those jobs are unpaid.
PHOTO CREDIT: Then-Santa Rosa city council candidate Michael Allen. September 10, 2008. The Press Democrat / Jeff Kan Lee.