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The California State Library on Capitol Mall recently was renovated. Greg Lucas, previously a political reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, was chosen as the state librarian.

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The Buzz: Is former political reporter qualified to be state librarian?

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 10:40 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 - 9:21 am

Is a former political reporter qualified to be state librarian?

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he appointed Greg Lucas, a former San Francisco Chronicle political reporter who has, most recently, been a political blogger and host of a television interview show, as the state librarian.

Lucas, 55, is the son of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas. He is also the husband of Donna Lucas, who runs a political public relations firm in Sacramento and is a former adviser to Republican governors. He’ll earn $142,968 in the post.

But the appointment immediately drew fire from some librarians, who noted that the California Education Code appears to require “a technically trained librarian” for the position.

The librarian manages the California State Library, located near the Capitol. It houses historical books and documents, provides research to the governor and Legislature and acts as a liaison with local libraries.

Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor, said Lucas is “absolutely” qualified, and that “his appreciation and knowledge of California’s history runs deep.” He also said Lucas will “be pursuing additional technical training through San Jose State University’s library science program in the months ahead.”

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