Skip to comments.CA: Watchdog groups raise a stink about waste board picks
Posted on 11/26/2008 9:36:11 AM PST by NormsRevenge
The long tradition of political appointees landing high-paid slots on California's waste board continued Tuesday.
Two termed-out Democratic state lawmakers Assemblyman John Laird of Santa Cruz and Sen. Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica were appointed to posts on the Integrated Waste Management Board, courtesy of the Democratic legislative leaders.
The jobs pay $132,178 a year.
Both new recycling board commissioners will replace other well-connected members. Laird will replace Cheryl Peace, the wife of a former state legislator. Kuehl will replace former Democratic Sen. Wes Chesbro.
Government watchdogs have criticized the board for its high proportion of highly paid political appointees.
"These type of sugar-plum jobs have been a senior fellow program for politicians who are termed out of office," said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog.
Court leveled that criticism even as he said Laird and Kuehl were among the most well-respected departing legislators.
(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...
some of Laird’s accolades
some of Kuehl’s honors and awards
click on About Sheila and at bottom is a link to Honors and
Her 2005-2007 list
CA Nurses Association/National Nurses Organization
The Soul of A Nurse Award, Sept 2007
CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Presley Honor Award, Sept 2007
UCLA LGBT Center
Distinguished Service Award, June 2007
UCLA Labor Center
Universal Health Care For All Award, June 2007
Los Angeles County Probation Officers
Legislative Leadership Award, June 2007
Coalition to Protect All Californians From Tobacco
Carrying the Torch for Tobacco Prevention Award, June 2007
Junior Leagues of California
Legislator of the Year Award, April 2007
California Dietetic Association
The Legislative & Public Policy Award, March 2007
Environmental Champion Award, March 2007
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
2007 Champion Award, February 2007
Consumer Federation of California
Consumer Leadership Award, January 2007
Retired Public Employees Association
Non-Member of the Year Award, November 2006
Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition
2006 Civic Leadership Award, October 2006
California Women’s Law Center
Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award, October 2006
Building a State of Equality Award, April 2006
Congress of California Seniors
Legislator of the Year Award, March 2006
Lazarus Project of the Presbyterian Church
Lazarus Award, February 2006
Save Open Space
Award for Distinguished Work in Protecting the Santa Monica Mountains, January 2006
Whos Who in America, 2003-2006
Whos Who in American Women, 1998-2006
Leadership Award, December 2005
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Legislator of the Year Award, Oct 2005
Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center
2005 Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award, July 2005
Women Against Gun Violence
Courageous Leader Award, May 2005
LULAC League of United Latin American Citizens
Community Unity Award for Political Activism, April 2005
Conservancy Award, February 2005
Nothing is mentioned about Sheila Kuehl being Dobie Gillis’ girlfriend. Certainly that has to be a high point of her life too, along with all this other stuff.