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Local News in Brief : Katz Gives Up Job as McCarthy’s Top Aide

Alan Katz, who retired from the Santa Monica City Council last month, has also resigned as Lt. Gov. Leo T. McCarthy’s chief of staff.

Katz, 35, said he will join his family’s Culver City group health insurance business and look into other career opportunities. “I’m looking for something that gives me stability,” he said. “These last three years have been rather intense, so it’s time for a breather.”

The gregarious Katz, 35, who has often been called a political comer on the Westside, said he has no plans to seek another public office but will serve as McCarthy appointee to the California Commission for Economic Development.

Katz has held the $70,000-a-year chief of staff’s post since March, 1987, running McCarthy’s office, which includes a staff of 32 and requires twice-weekly trips to Sacramento, and devoting much of his spare time to McCarthy’s unsuccessful Senate campaign.

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McCarthy was expected to announce his new chief of staff today.


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