The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 7, 2011
Poll: What's the message behind Brown's personnel pick?

The Bee's editorial page this morning fixes its skeptical eye on Gov. Jerry Brown's appointment of retired labor attorney Ronald Yank to head the Department of Personnel Administration.

"While some may suggest that Brown is being shrewd - nabbing the opposing team's quarterback," the editorial board writes in a direct reference to our Thursday State Worker column about Brown's pick, "it remains to be seen where Yank's loyalties will lie."

If you haven't already, check out the column by clicking here and catch this post of highlights from Yank's interview with The State Worker.

Then consider our poll question:

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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