On the eve of a meeting on setting salaries for the governor and other state officials, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced that he was appointing two new members to a state panel that will make the decision.
But shortly afterward, Brown's office announced that it was having to cancel the appointments because the two people had previously worked for the state.
The appointments could have potentially increased the likelihood that the California Citizens Compensation Commission would provide pay raises for Brown, state lawmakers and other officials, one member of the panel said. However, another commissioner said a raise remains unlikely.
Brown’s office said later that it had been "premature" in announcing the appointments to the commission of LeRoy Chatfield, 78, of Sacramento, and Nora Vargas, 41, of Chula Vista. Chatfield is an online publisher for the Farmworker Movement Documentation Project and the Syndic Literary Journal. Vargas is vice president of community engagement at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.