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Governor’s consumer services secretary is stepping down

Anna Caballero, the top administrator of the state agency overseeing such services as the licensing of businesses and employment and housing discrimination cases, is resigning her position in the cabinet of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Caballero previously served two terms in the Legislature as an Assembly member from Salinas and, before that, as the city’s mayor. She was appointed by Brown to a cabinet position in 2011 and helped oversee a 2013 reorganization of a number of state agencies and commissions that left her as secretary of the newly formed Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Most recently, Caballero has served as a member of the governor’s task force on the drought and has traveled the state to discuss water conservation ideas with local officials.

A spokesman said Caballero told Brown of her decision this week. She made the formal announcement to her staff on Friday afternoon. Her last day is scheduled for Nov. 17.

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Although she didn’t make her future plans clear, the 60-year-old Democrat has suggested in recent months that she’s considering a return to elective office. An August story in the Monterey Herald quoted Caballero as saying that she’s mulling a run for a seat on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

Caballero was selected by Brown after losing a close 2010 race for the state Senate to Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).

“We have accomplished a lot,” said Caballero in an email to her staff on Friday afternoon. “I will miss being a part of all the good work we do.”

john.myers@latimes.com

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