In recent news from the state capital, Lori Saldaña, assembly Speaker pro tempore, has moved into Capitol office 3152, “known for having some of the nicer window views in the Assembly,” according to Capitol Weekly. And ex-assemblymembers George Plescia of Del Mar and Bonnie Garcia of Cathedral City have been appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. The positions pay $128,000 annually, serving as nice going-away presents for the retiring Republicans.
Ironically, both were the topics of amusement for Schwarzenegger and his staff during their time in the assembly. Of Garcia, the governor said “black blood” combined with “Latino blood” equaled “hot.” And the governor’s chief of staff Susan Kennedy once said that Plescia looked “like the deer that keeps getting caught in my yard when I leave the gate open.”