A former state senator whose district included Murrieta, and who lives in the city, was targeted for removal from a California unemployment board by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to reports.
Dennis Hollingsworth, who served as senator for California’s 36th state senate district from 2002 to 2010, was appointed at the last minute to the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert blog reported today.
The seven-member board arbitrates disputes over claims for unemployment and disability benefits. It also sets policy for the agency and approves its major activities.
Hollingsworth served as leader of state senate republicans and worked previously as a state assemblyman in a district that included Murrieta.
Brown asked the state senate’s Democratic leadership to terminate Hollingsworth’s appointment, which could last until next January before state senators are ask to approve or reject the ex-governor’s decision.
"We decided to go in a different direction," Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford told the Bee.