In “Justice Chin stays busy to the end, writing opinion on his last day on the state high court,” Craig Anderson reports for the Daily Journal on Justice Ming Chin’s last day as a Supreme Court justice, including his opinion yesterday for a four-justice majority in Reilly v. Marin Housing Authority.

The article also says that a Governor Gavin Newsom spokesperson “said in an email Monday he plans to appoint a justice in the next few months.”

“In the next few months” is exactly the same timeline Newsom’s press secretary gave two months ago.  I doubt the court is in for a 16-month vacancy as when Justice Kathryn Werdegar retired (see here), but the latest word from the Governor’s office doesn’t inspire confidence that filling Justice Chin’s seat is considered a high priority.