Cabinet member resigns after travel criticism

March 5, 2009 8:00:10 PM PST
A member of the governor's cabinet has resigned.

Secretary of Consumer Services Rosario Marin submitted her resignation Thursday; she was cited by the Los Angeles Times as having billed the state for travel to Washington, where she was paid $1,000 to give a speech.

The governor's office issued a statement late today saying, "We believe that being compensated for speeches is incompatible with her office. In order to avoid any distractions she has decided to offer her resignation."