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jl0910_Allen_Michael.jpg.JPGDefeated Democratic Assemblyman Michael Allen has landed a six-figure job on a state board, courtesy of his former leader in the state Legislature.

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.

Incumbents Michael Allen, Betsy Butler narrowly trail in nailbiters

PHOTO CREDIT: Then-Santa Rosa city council candidate Michael Allen. September 10, 2008. The Press Democrat / Jeff Kan Lee.


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