Unfortunately, for us he has little legal experience, does not possess a J.D. and I question whether any of his past employment has anything to do with workers’ compensation. My optimism, hopes that this type of background will provide us with objective decision making and a neutral eye to the issues before him. Cross your fingers!
On June 22, Brown’s office issued the following press release:
“Juan Pedro Gaffney, 80, of Sebastopol, has been appointed to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Gaffney has been a member of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board since 2017 and director at Coro Hispano de San Francisco since 1975. He was director of Hispanic liturgy at Mission Dolores from 1993 to 2008 and was the first artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Gaffney was an associate professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s College and a lecturer at Saint Mary’s College from 1972 to 1996. Gaffney is a vice president of the Instituto Pro Música de California. He earned a Master of Arts degree in music from Stanford University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Gaffney is a Democrat.”