State Sen. Marty Block during an interview in Sacramento. Courtesy Block’s office

Marty Block didn’t have to wait long to get a new job, following the end of his state Senate tenure Monday.

Block, 66, was appointed chairman of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board by Gov. Jerry Brown. The agency is an independent administrative court system for workers and employers seeking to challenge decisions made by the state Employment Development Department.

The Democrat from San Diego represented the Senate’s 39th District for four years, and was succeeded by former Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. He declined to run for a second term in order to avoid an intra-party fight.

He previously served four years in the Assembly, was president of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees and served on the faculty and administration of San Diego State University.

The position requires Senate confirmation, with compensation of $146,609.

Separately, the governor re-appointed San Diegan Nancy Casady to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.

Casady, 72, is general manager at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co- op, and was co-owner at Casady Whole Foods Market.

The Democrat does not have to be confirmed by the Senate, and there is no compensation for her post.

–City News Service

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