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CA: Watchdog groups raise a stink about waste board picks
Sac Bee ^ | 11/26/08 | Shane Goldmacher

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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: calappointment; california; johnlaird; kuehl; migden; stink; wasteboard; watchdog
The machine taking care of itself.
1 posted on 11/26/2008 9:36:13 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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some of Laird’s accolades

2 posted on 11/26/2008 9:39:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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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

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

Environment California
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

Equality California
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

Who’s Who in America, 2003-2006

Who’s Who in American Women, 1998-2006


Victory Fund
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

Nature Conservancy
Conservancy Award, February 2005

3 posted on 11/26/2008 9:48:14 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.

4 posted on 11/26/2008 10:40:28 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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