Capitol Alert: Steinberg appoints long-time friend to lucrative post

01/14/2014 5:07 PM

01/14/2014 5:46 PM

Darrell_Steinberg_HA_031113.JPGThe state Senate's Rules Committee, led by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, has appointed a close friend of Steinberg's to a $128,000-a-year position on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

John Adkisson began the post yesterday, said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for Steinberg. He said Adkisson is filling a position left vacant by the resignation of Kathleen Howard. The board meets once a month.

Adkisson had been making $300,000 a year on contracts with the Senate's Oversight and Outcomes Commiitee and the Legislative Counsel. Those contracts are now over, Hedlund said.

The relationship between Steinberg and Adkisson dates back to their law school days. Adkisson ran Steinberg's first political campaign in 1992, when he ran for Sacramento City Council. Steinberg told The Bee in 2009 that he considers Adkisson "one of my dearest friends. "

Hedlund said Tuesday that Adkisson is a good pick for the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board because of his depth of experience in employment law.

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