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Brown names longtime adviser to Hoover Commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a longtime friend and campaign adviser to an unpaid post on a state watchdog commission.

The Democratic governor on Thursday named 67-year-old Tom Quinn to the Little Hoover Commission, which investigates state government operations and makes recommendations to the Legislature and governor.

Quinn was Brown’s campaign manager during his successful 1974 run for governor and advised him in his 2010 campaign.

The Democrat from Marina del Rey was chairman of the California Air Resources Board from 1975 to 1979 and served on the board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency from 1992 to 1995.

Quinn is president of Americom Broadcasting, chairman of Reno Media Group and chairman of City News Service Inc.

Brown previously appointed Quinn’s wife, Irene Straus, to the state Board of Education.