The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 4, 2011
Schwarzenegger appoints wife of former aide to PERB post

Last weekend, The Bee's Dan Smith reported in this story that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Kari Miner, a Sacramento small-business consultant, to a $128,109-a-year job on the Public Employment Relations Board.

We thought that state worker blog users would be interested to know that Miner, referred to in the administration's press release as "an independent consultant to small businesses focusing on image and efficiency" since 2003, is the wife of Paul Miner, formerly Schwarzenegger's chief deputy cabinet secretary. (He left to become a lobbyist for General Electric.)

And Kari Miner's independent consulting work? That's admin-speak for interior designer. Click here for a reference to her Sacramento-based job in a recent edition of Sacramento Magazine.

To be fair, Miner does have other credentials. The administration's announcement of the appointment noted she was a statewide development and programs officer at the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from 1996 to 2002. Before that, she spent three years as a paralegal for a Sacramento-based law firm.

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