Former Democratic Assembly Leader Alberto Torrico was termed out of his District 20 seat centered in Fremont this past year. He, like others who have run out of time in Sacramento, were appointed to what critics describe as a plush retirement home for politically-connected pols—the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. With the job comes a salary of $128,000. State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) has a bill that would limit the salary of board members to $100-per-day. The video above shows just how tough limiting a prime landing spot for free-agent lawmakers will be for Strickland’s bill.
UPDATE: Strickland's bill is SB 685 and includes other state boards, not just the CUIAB. Former Alameda County supervisor candidate Liz Figueroa served on the board until last December.
UPDATE II: The board also includes former state Sen. Roy Ashburn, who was appointed o the CUIAB last December by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ashburn, a frequent critic of gay rights, was arrested last March for DUI after leaving a popular Sacramento gay club. He later admitted, “I’m gay.”
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