Brown names East Bay women to labor posts

Gov. Jerry Brown today announced he’s nominating a Berkeley woman as the Department of Industrial Relations’ permanent director.

Christine BakerChristine Baker, 62, of Berkeley, has been the department’s acting director and chief deputy director since April. Baker earlier was the executive officer of the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation since 1994; before that, she was acting deputy director at the Division of Workers’ Compensation from 1990 to 1994, the chief of the Division of Labor Statistics and Research from 1984 to 1989, and a research assistant at the University of California, Berkeley from 1980 to 1982.

This position requires Senate confirmation; the annual salary is $142,965. Baker is registered decline-to-state.

Alegria De La CruzBrown also today appointed Alegria De La Cruz, 35, of El Cerrito, as supervising staff counsel at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. De La Cruz has been the legal director at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment since 2010 and served as a staff attorney there from 2009 to 2010. She was the directing attorney at the California Rural Legal Assistance from 2006 to 2009, and was a staff attorney there from 2003 to 2006. De La Cruz received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the annual salary is $93,600. De La Cruz is a Democrat.

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.