One chair will be empty when the California Citizens Compensation Commission convenes today for its annual review of whether pay for the state's elected officials is too high, too low or just right.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he was naming Democrats LeRoy Chatfield and Nora Vargas to vacancies on the seven-member panel, which sets pay packages for constitutional officers, including the governor, as well as for state legislators.
But the Governor's Office backtracked hours later, saying both appointments "were announced prematurely."
"Under statute, prior employment with the state of California precludes these individuals from serving on the commission," that statement says. "When new appointments are made, they will be announced."
Chatfield, who publishes an online literary journal and Web publication related to the farmworker movement, served as an appointee on several state boards and commissions when Brown was governor before.
Vargas, the vice president of community engagement at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, is ineligible because she spent one year as a legislative relations specialist at San Diego State University.
Later in the day, Brown named Nancy C. Miller, an attorney from Sacramento, to fill one of the vacancies.
Commissioners are set to meet at 10 a.m. at Sacramento City Hall.
Torey Van Oot
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Californians carried the nation's fourth- highest state and local tax burden as a proportion of their personal incomes in 2010 and that was before voters increased state sales and income taxes last year according to the latest national tax survey by the Tax Foundation. The state was ranked behind New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, in that order.
"The Republican budget is their first such conversation with Latino voters, and it says: 'We want your vote, but we don't care about you reaching the American Dream.' "
REP. TONY CARDENAS, Sylmar Democrat and former California state legislator, writing Wednesday on Politico.com