Ended up appointing a GReen, Terry Tamminen, to the head of the agency instead.
flop... flip.. flop ...
The political patronage game plays on and we all pay but don't get to suit up.
Correction to post 1.
.. Terry Tamminen was appointed as a Cabinet Secretary in the current administration, after having headed Cal-EPA, an agency the Governor said during the Recall campaign should be eliminated.
Alan C. Lloyd replaces Terry Tamminen, a former Santa Monica-based environmental activist who moved up last month to become the governor's Cabinet secretary.
Lloyd had previously headed the California Air Resources Board since 1999.
LA Times (Skelton)
Schwarzenegger, first and foremost, is a competitor who's focused on winning. And he's quick on his feet to move away from a vulnerable position.
The latest example: He apparently intends to abandon his controversial budget-control proposal, one devised by new Finance Director Tom Campbell. Under that plan, if there was a budget hole and the Legislature couldn't fix it, spending would be cut across-the-board. This lacks both controls and flexibility.
The governor is looking at a stronger, more workable plan offered as an initiative by two business leaders: Bill Hauck, president of the Business Roundtable, and Allan Zaremberg, president of the state Chamber of Commerce. They're also longtime students of government.
Under this proposal, spending could increase modestly, but not wildly, even in boom times. Spending could climb only as fast as the three-year average growth of state revenues. If the Legislature couldn't pass a budget on time, the previous spending plan would continue in effect. If a deficit remained unresolved, the governor could cut spending any way he chose.
Big surprise there.
The signs have been everywhere. His unwillingness to reduce taxes. His willingness to raise taxes and fees. His unwillingness to cut spending. His willingness to propose large spending increases. His unwillingness to force a showdown in the legislature on budgetary matters through use of the veto.
Had Schwarzenegger simply told the legislature in November 2003 that the next budget was going to be smaller than the last, the legislature would have complied just as they did when Schwarzenegger told them they would not be mainstreaming illegal aliens. At that time the electorate remained bloodthirsty after their recent victory over Davis and the legislature knew it.