Alameda councilwoman named to state post

Gov. Jerry Brown today appointed Alameda Councilwoman and former Mayor Beverly Johnson as deputy director at the state Office of Administrative Law.

Johnson, 53, a Democrat, has been a councilwoman since 2010; her term is up at the end of this year. Earlier, she was the city’s mayor from 2002 to 2010 and a councilwoman from 1998 to 2002.

She has been a self-employed attorney since 2000; worked at the Law Offices of Susan Jeffries from 1995 to 2000; was an Alameda County deputy district attorney from 1994 to 1995; and was an attorney at the Law Offices of W. Lance Russum from 1985 to 1993. She holds a law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the annual salary is $124,236.

The Office of Administrative Law ensures that state agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid, and available to the public; it reviews administrative regulations proposed by more than 200 state agencies for compliance with the standards set forth in California’s Administrative Procedure Act, transmits these regulations to the Secretary of State and publishes them in the California Code of Regulations.

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.

  • Publius

    I am glad I came to work this morning. Bills, bills and more bills to pay. Without Beverely in that all important position I would not be able to run my business. Now that I am thinking about it…. I would not have a business at all if it was not for positions such as the office of administrative law and other vital State agencies. I will continue to strive and work to keep paying for the wisdom of government and be grateful for the opportunity which they have given me to be a small business owner. If I get home tonight before my children go to sleep, as I tuck them in I will relay the news that G. Brown in all of his wisdom has just flushed another $124,000 down the crapper. I will then sing them a soft nuturing lullaby.

    “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite. In the morning when you wake a monster debt will be yours to take. Have no fear when you shut your eyes, just remember George Miller is on your side. Hate the man in the mansion, one day you will get a government pension.”

    With out Government I am nothing. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to risk, work, and strive……Amen

  • Elwood

    Remember the words of the Ayrab:

    You didn’t build your business, government did.

    The private sector is doing just fine.


  • JohnW

    Re: #2

    Is “Ayrab” one of those puzzle words, where you unscramble the letters and come up with the real word?

    Another day, another out-of-context, missing-the-point political quote foisted on us by both Reeps and Dems. Saves us all from the stress of having to discuss the pros and cons of actual thoughts and ideas.

  • Elwood

    Hey, the Ayrab said those things, I didn’t.

    I’m just trying to give folks inspirational quotes from the Ayrab. God knows we could all use a little inspiration nowadays.

    Are you saying we should quote the entire stream of blather?

    Sometimes the quote is not out of context, it is the context.

  • JohnW

    “I’m just trying to give folks inspirational quotes…”

    And we are truly inspired by your efforts in that regard, and by the juvenile name-calling. I didn’t realize you were related to that stupid old woman McCain had to correct during a campaign rally in Michigan in 2008.

  • Elwood

    Sorry, if I’ve offended your delicate sensibilities, John.

    How about Halfrican?

    Would you prefer that?

    Obviously, I’m not meeting your high standards of political correctness.

  • JohnW

    Yeah, that’s clever too. This board is the un-Cheers — where nobody knows your name. So, you can vent your inner-Archie Bunker.