A couple of interesting appointments…

… announced today by the governor’s office:

Elmy Bermejo, 52, of San Francisco, was named deputy secretary of external affairs for the State and Consumer Services Agency. She has served as special assistant to state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, since 2004; ain’t it grand that Gov. Schwarzenegger and Perata are tight enough so that the former is willing to poach the latter’s staff? She also is a partner of Tommy’s Heavenly Margarita Mix; her family owns Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant on Geary in San Francisco, and at the risk of editorializing, those’re some seriously good eats. The Democrat earlier was a field representative for former state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San Francisco, from 1995 to 2004, and district director for Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, from 1993 to 1994. She is board president of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and a member of the Women’s Foundation of California; she has served on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2003. This post doesn’t require Senate confirmation and pays $101,952.

And Paul Feist, 46, of Stockton, was named assistant secretary for communications for the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. He most recently worked for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1999 to June 2007, first as the Contra Costa bureau chief and most recently as the capitol bureau chief; he was among those non-union personnel whom the Chronicle laid off without so much as a how-do-you-do a few months ago. Earlier, Feist had worked for the Stockton Record from 1986 to 1999 as a reporter, enterprise editor and metro editor. This post doesn’t require Senate confirmation and pays $98,004, which is a whooooooooole lot more than I make, so three cheers for a former ink-stained wretch who can make some bank; Feist is registered decline-to-state.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.