The L.A. Times reports on nepotism in California’s public sector:

Lawmakers have broad powers to hire whomever they wish, and those they employ need not go through the Civil Service exam process that requires applicants to compete for jobs on merit. Some are paid as consultants, with vague responsibilities or assignments. Others have titles that bear little relationship to what they actually do.

At least a dozen political allies, relatives and friends of legislators, including political candidates in need of a salaried landing or launch pad between elections, were on the legislative roster last year at a cost of $754,000.

Not really anything new or surprising here. Just a friendly reminder of government waste and cronyism to feed the populist backlash. Something to think about while you sharpen your pitchforks.