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sobiloff
01-02-2011, 9:30 AM
Sounds like this guy could make trouble for us, assuming he's in favor of continued attacks on lead ammo and public shooting ranges:

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_16988723?source=rss

According to the GS2AC's page he's voted against our interests in everything but seizures during emergencies <http://www.gs2ac.com/People/LairdJohn.html>. More recently, according to his Senate opponent John Laird <http://www.lairdforsenate.com/compare.html> he supported the ban on unloaded open carry (ULOC).

If Laird gets through the confirmation process, let's hope that Gov. Brown can keep his anti-gun antics on a leash. Lord knows it's hard enough to hunt and shoot in this state already.

Milsurps
01-02-2011, 9:56 AM
If Laird gets through the confirmation process, let's hope that Gov. Brown can keep his anti-gun antics on a leash.

According to all the folks here who voted for MoonBeam he's a 2A rights advocate...
Please note, I have a "Bridge for Sale". ;)

From the linked article.
Only six months ago, he was denied a Central Coast Senate seat in a special election to replace Abel Maldonado; Laird lost the District 15 race to Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo. Since then, Laird has been teaching at UC Santa Cruz.

I had the pleasure of voting against this LibTard earlier this year. :D

otteray
01-02-2011, 6:41 PM
Harris and now Laird.
Gawd.


He is not our friend and his gun rights voting record clearly shows that fact.
http://www.gs2ac.com/People/LairdJohn.html

vantec08
01-02-2011, 6:47 PM
So much for the pre-elections predictors who assured us moonbeam was pro 2nd.

dunndeal
01-02-2011, 7:32 PM
He probably won't be too positive for those of us who fish either. This was posted on Coastside Fishing Club (14,000 member fishing club based in Nor Cal) website by our Science Director.

John Laird instead of Lester Snow???

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This was published today in several papers.

Although not the person that I have heard bantied about - he is cut from the same environmental cloth. So this appointment is pretty much the kind of Resources Director that we expected. He is probably better than some we have been hearing about.


Report: Former Santa Cruz legislator John Laird named to the top natural resources post by Jerry Brown

By Lisa M. Krieger, Paul Rogers and Kurtis Alexander


Bay Area News Group

Posted: 01/01/2011 03:22:34 PM PST
Updated: 01/01/2011 10:02:37 PM PST


Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is expected to appoint former Santa Cruz legislator John Laird head of the state Natural Resources Agency, sources said Saturday -- a role that will give the environmental advocate a powerful voice in oversight of logging, fishing, farming, parks and water policies.

The appointment, likely to be announced after Brown's swearing-in this week, suggests the governor-elect is hewing to his liberal principals, despite much talk about bipartisanship in the face of the state's budget disaster.

If named to the secretary's post, Laird faces an agenda that includes some of California's most contentious issues. One of the most immediate will be the decline of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a major link in the state's water supply; a state bond, designed to address the numerous pressures on the delta, is expected to go before voters in 2012.

Other problems include underfunding of the state park system and a shortage of wildlife wardens.

Brown adviser Steve Glazer would not confirm the news -- announced by the advocacy group Environment California and confirmed by several sources familiar with the selection -- saying that all cabinet appointments will be announced only after Brown takes office Monday.

Laird, 60, declined to comment.

His political life, which started on the Santa Cruz City Council three decades ago, has been marked by environmental advocacy. On the council, he led fights against offshore oil drilling and pushed for the designation of the Monterey Bay as a national marine sanctuary.

As a Democratic assemblyman in a district stretching from Morgan Hill to Big Sur, he co-authored California's landmark climate bill, AB 32; promoted water conservation; expanded the development of renewable energy and sustainable building standards; protected oil spill response funding; and established the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a state agency designed to protect the mountain region.

He earned a score of 100 percent from the California League of Conservation Voters, which called him "hands-down one of the best legislators California has had this decade."

Laird also is considered an expert on state finances, having led the Assembly's powerful Budget Committee.

Only six months ago, he was denied a Central Coast Senate seat in a special election to replace Abel Maldonado; Laird lost the District 15 race to Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo. Since then, Laird has been teaching at UC Santa Cruz.

The position -- which pays about $175,000 a year -- requires confirmation from the state Senate, and San Jose State political science professor Larry Gerston predicted Laird will face resistance.

"Laird is a well-known, outspoken environmentalist," Gerston said. "He knows his stuff." But, Gerston predicted, people who believe the state is moving too quickly on environmental issues "will not be happy with John Laird and will consider it an affront to business."

Indeed, state Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring blasted the move.

"An appointment like John Laird, to me, is an indicator of how far to the left Jerry Brown is reaching to populate his administration," said Nehring, a former member of the state Board of Forestry. "John Laird is an extreme liberal, and he believes the only way to protect the environment is to make government as big and intrusive as possible."

Environmentalists, meanwhile, celebrated.

"It is a brilliant appointment," said Ann Notthoff, California Advocacy director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"John Laird knows resource issues," she said. "And he really knows how the state budget works, with a lot of innovative ideas about how to stretch scarce state dollars -- which will be one of the biggest challenges this year."

Contact Lisa M. Krieger at lkrieger@mercurynews.com.

john laird

Age: 60
Home: Santa Cruz
Party: Democratic
Career: Analyst, Santa Cruz County Administrative Office, 1974-1978, 1979-1991, 1995-2002; Santa Cruz City Council, 1981-1990; mayor, 1983-84 and 1987-88; executive director of Santa Cruz AIDS Project, 1991-1994; California Assemblyman, 2002-2008

otteray
01-02-2011, 7:41 PM
Laird also is considered an expert on state finances, having led the Assembly's powerful Budget Committee.

And it's one heck of a great job they did, right?
You know, balancing the budget? :rolleyes:

5shot
01-02-2011, 7:56 PM
This is just the beginning of another Brown era.

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."