Marc Levine, the North Bay’s new assemblyman, and Michael Allen, the man he replaced, each got lucrative appointments on Thursday courtesy of Speaker John Pérez.
Allen, who lost a re-election bid in November despite lots of financial help from the speaker, was appointed to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. The board, which has provided soft landings for many ex-legislators and ex-gubernatorial aides, pays $128,000 a year for what is effectively part-time work.
Levine, meanwhile, announced his committee assignments. Among them is the Government Organization Committee. You wouldn’t guess from its anodyne name, but this is one of the great fundraising perches in the entire Legislature. Why? Its jurisdiction includes alcohol, tobacco, horse racing and casinos.
Levine’s other assignments include local government, higher education, aging and long term care, and arts, entertainment, tourism, sports and Internet media.
- Jim Sweeney