Former tribal lobbyist named as new California Lottery director
California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Alva Vernon Johnson to take over the the state’s lottery Monday, after former director Hugo Lopez stepped down Friday amid investigations.
Johnson, a former tribal lobbyist, takes over a division that has been been below scrutiny from the Department of Justice and the State Controller’s Office since August, when nameless staff despatched a letter to former Gov. Jerry Brown alleging misconduct amongst senior executives at gross sales meetings.
Johnson lobbied for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from 2016 to 2018, and for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians from 2005 to 2015, in keeping with a Governor’s Office information unencumber. He used to be a legislative liaison to the Lottery in 2001, in keeping with the discharge.
He has a grasp’s level in public coverage from UC Berkeley. The place calls for Senate affirmation and is derived with a $180,000 wage, in keeping with the discharge.
Lopez, who held the activity beginning in 2015, oversaw a length of enlargement on the Lottery, with annual revenues topping $7 billion, he famous in a resignation letter.
Last summer season’s nameless letter all in favour of senior lottery team of workers misbehaving at a Southern California piano bar after a gross sales convention in 2016. The letter integrated pictures that have been posted on-line of managers carousing on the bar.
A State Controller’s Office audit later decided division officers inappropriately spent about $300,000 over 4 years on trip, meals and lodging for gross sales meetings.