Former state superintendent of public instruction and longtime Ventura County lawmaker Jack O'Connell seems to be settling into life after politics. I visited him yesterday in his Sacramento office at School Innovations & Advocacy, the national education consulting firm where he serves as "chief education officer."
Earlier this year he also joined the board of directors of ECMC, a Minneapolis-based guarantor of student loans that insures a $35 billion loan portfolio.
I asked him whether he missed politics after having served nearly 30 years as an elected official in Sacramento. He said that his predecessor as superintendent, Delaine Eastin, who was also a former legislator, best summed up his feelings when she was asked the same question: "I miss some of the animals, but I don't miss the zoo."