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  • Republican Party in California Is Caught in Cycle of Decline (Shrinking to rank of minor party)

    07/23/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/23/2012 | By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    LOS ANGELES — This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and dysfunction, the Legislature is nearly as unpopular as Congress and Democrats control every branch of government. But instead, the state party — once a symbol of Republican hope and geographical reach and which gave the nation Ronald Reagan (and Richard M. Nixon) — is caught in a cycle of relentless decline, and appears in danger of shrinking to the rank of a minor party. “We are at a lower point than we’ve ever been,” said...
  • Mercury News editorial: Thank California for new U.S. fuel standards

    07/31/2011 10:08:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 7/31/11 | Editorial
    When President Barack Obama announced an agreement to double fuel-economy requirements Friday, standing with him were industry executives and environmental, public health and labor leaders, all of whom, remarkably, had signed off on the deal. But the real credit for this historic achievement, which is expected to cut oil consumption by 1.5 million barrels per day and eliminate half of all carbon pollution nationwide, doesn't go to the White House. Instead, thank California. For decades the state has set the nation's clean-energy agenda; it's been the tip of the spear in the fight for higher fuel standards. Its huge automobile...
  • Schwarzenegger doesn't want to pay Shriver support

    07/21/2011 12:42:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/21/11 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger has indicated in court filings that he does not want to pay Maria Shriver spousal support or her attorney's fees in their divorce case. ... The issues of whether Shriver will receive spousal support and who will pay her attorney's fees are the only differences in their initial filings to end their 25-year marriage.
  • Western To Test Schwarzenegger's Post-Scandal Popularity

    07/11/2011 4:24:29 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 28 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | July 11, 2011 | NIKKI FINKE
    The Lionsgate project has been off, then on, then off, and now on again. The studio in May had been on the verge of announcing that Arnold Schwarzenegger was starring in its long-in-development Western titled Last Stand, set up as the English-language debut of director Kim-ji-Woon. Then the actor pulled out just before his personal scandal went public and deep-sixed his marriage to Maria Shriver. But now the actor is back in the project and aiming to test his popularity post-divorce. I've learned that Arnold's deal with Lionsgate is not nearly as rich as the one CAA made for him...
  • Cafeteria Catholics: Arnold and Maria Schwarznegger

    06/06/2011 3:26:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Speroforum ^ | June 6, 2011 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Betrayal -- that's what living a cafeteria lifestyle means, so it's hard to feel too sorry for proud, self-proclaimed "cafeteria Catholic" Maria Shriver who is experiencing the reality of betrayal from her cafeteria husband. In 2008, Shriver told the world, via the Washington Post's religion blog, that she chooses what she wants from Church teaching: "Even though I consider myself a Catholic in good standing, I disagree with a lot of the teachings of the Church....I don’t believe that if someone’s divorced they shouldn’t get Communion; I don’t believe that people who are gay shouldn’t be accepted into the...
  • Maria Shriver knew for years but Ted Kennedy hushed her up!

    06/01/2011 7:52:56 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 35 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | 6/1/11 | Leon Wagener
    "I swear that I am not making this up." Dave Barry
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger can't be blamed for California's chronic mess

    05/29/2011 11:00:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/29/11 | Dan Walters
    Now that the tabloid feeding frenzy has abated somewhat, it's time for a cooler look at the furor over former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fathering a child by one of his household workers. A few pundits have tried to make the connection between his marital betrayal and his failings as governor, but one has nothing to do with the other. Illicit sex involving political figures is nothing new and, as we know now, was rampant even among the nation's founders. More recently, we have seen scandals involving Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, Strom Thurmond, Mark Sanford and John Edwards, to name but...
  • Schwarzenegger being investigated by California AG over his sexual liaisons: report

    05/25/2011 2:44:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 25, 2011
    Ahnold's cheating may put him into legal trouble. The California Attorney General will conduct an “inquiry” into former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s alleged misuse of taxpayer funds to cover up his sexual liaisons, it was reported today. Probers are conducting a "preliminary evaluation" into Schwarzenegger’s double life, which allegedly included using his "state-funded security details to cover up women being escorted into his hotel room," according to RadarOnline.com. Veteran hotel security officer William Taylor said he witnessed Ahnold using California Highway Patrol cops and vehicles to carry "scantily-clad women in-and-out of his suite" at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, where he and...
  • Maria Shriver leaked news of Schwarzenegger's love child, hires investigator over new baby claims

    05/24/2011 2:21:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    NEWSCORE ^ | 5/24/11 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES- Maria Shriver leaked the revelations about Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child to the media -- and has now hired a private investigator to find out whether her estranged husband fathered more children in secret.Shriver's friends had to persuade the "hysterical" former TV journalist not to hold a news conference when she found out in late April or early May that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son with the family's housekeeper, TMZ reported Tuesday.She agreed to keep quiet until a week after the couple announced the end of their 25-year marriage -- and then tipped off the LA Times that
  • Schwarzenegger backers say they feel betrayed

    05/19/2011 9:49:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/19/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Sacramento anti-tax advocate Ted Costa looks back at the events he set in motion when he helped kick off California's historic gubernatorial recall in 2003 - culminating in the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger - with more than a little disgust."He's betrayed the people who supported him from Day One," said Costa of the former GOP governor, who this week acknowledged betraying wife Maria Shriver by having an affair and an out-of-wedlock child with a housekeeper more than a decade ago. "I don't know why people are shocked." Melanie Morgan, the former KSFO conservative talk show host who was dubbed the...
  • Mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child Revealed

    05/18/2011 9:49:00 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 91 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 18th, 2011 | LUCHINA FISHER, SUZAN CLARKE, DAVID WRIGHT, KEVIN DOLAK
    Mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child Revealed Mildred Patricia Baena is the woman with whom former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a son about 14 years ago, ABC News has learned. Known as Patty, she reportedly worked in the famliy home as a housekeeper and assistant for more than 20 years, until January.
  • The tale of the Governator and the baby

    05/18/2011 7:58:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/18/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    In 2005, Maria Shriver told Vanity Fair that many people were surprised that a Kennedy clan member would marry Hollywood bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. "People at first were like, 'You married the other side of the tracks.' " She said, "They have trouble with the class thing. ... Everyone assumed that I was supposed to marry someone like a John Kerry, some preppy that had gone to Harvard or Yale. I didn't want to marry those boys - I did not like them. I had been around them my whole life. I interrupted the story line." Tuesday the Los Angeles Times...
  • Schwarzenegger reveals he had child with staffer (Bad Movie)

    05/17/2011 7:23:12 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 56 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 05/17/11 | YahooNews
    LOS ANGELES – Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple's home before they announced their separation last week. Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
  • Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff

    05/17/2011 12:47:02 AM PDT · by chasio649 · 70 replies
    http://www.latimes.com/ ^ | 5/17/11 | Mark Z. Barabak and Victoria Kim
    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff. Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits Fathering A Child With Household Staffer

    05/17/2011 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 127 replies · 2+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | Staff, Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after the former governor revealed he had fathered a child with a member of their household staff, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The couple announced in a joint statement May 9 that they had separated after 25 years of marriage. The Times reported Tuesday that Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his. "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said in a statement issued...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver split over baby he fathered with member of household staff

    05/17/2011 4:06:32 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 76 replies
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver split over baby he fathered with member of household staff By Michael Sheridan DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 5:57 AM Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their split in early May after having been together for 25 years. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their split in early May after having been together for 25 years. The marriage between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver was terminated because he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, it was revealed Tuesday. The former Governor of California and his wife announced their separation...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger 'mistress' claims she was just one of many women who shattered his marriage

    05/15/2011 4:43:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    (London) Daily Mail ^ | May 14, 2011
    After announcing his separation from wife Maria Shriver this week, a woman has alleged she was just one of many mistresses that shattered Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 25-year marriage. The 63-year-old Terminator actor denies an affair with Gigi Goyette, but the 52-year-old woman has said: ‘There were so many other women. About 13 have come out of the woodwork.’ She claims she met Schwarzenegger in 1975, when she was a 16-year-old child actress on Little House On The Prairie. Gigi claims that she slept with the star once in that year but did not see him again until 1989, during which...
  • Schwarzenegger on Núñez commutation, Whitman and his body

    04/20/2011 8:06:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/20/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sat down with Newsweek recently for one of the most extensive interviews since his January exit from office. Schwarzenegger addresses everything from criticisms of one of his final acts as the state's chief executive to his own body image in his post-bodybuilding days, saying the effect of aging on his 63-year-old physique makes him "feel sh--y when I look at myself in the mirror." Below are some excerpts from the more than 2,500-word piece. Read the full article at this link. On controversy surrounding his 11th hour decision to reduce the prison sentence for the son...
  • Schwarzenegger's apology letter upsets family of Nunez's victim.

    01/17/2011 11:24:03 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 15 replies
    MiamiHerald.com ^ | 1/13/11 | Susan Ferriss
    The father of a young man who was killed in a fight involving the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez said Wednesday he is upset about a letter former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent him after reducing the younger Núñez's prison sentence. On Jan. 2, his last day in office, Schwarzenegger cut the prison sentence of Esteban Núñez from 16 years to seven. He didn't contact the Santos family to seek their opinions before he issued his order. On Saturday, Fred Santos, the victim's father, said a letter from Schwarzenegger arrived at his home "out of the blue." The letter,...
  • Migden appointment: A surprise, even by Capitol standards (aRnie's Legacy)

    01/06/2011 3:40:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 1/6/11 | Christine Mai-Duc
    Most of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 11th-hour appointments came as no surprise: Friends, allies and administration workers were rewarded – sometimes well rewarded – in a ritual that has become a tradition for outgoing governors. But one appointment stood out. Former state Sen. Carole Migden, a liberal San Francisco Democrat, was named to the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the nation’s first state agency created to protect and regulate the collective bargaining rights of farm workers. The ALRB was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, then in his first term, legislation that was supported by the late United Farm...
  • Schwarzenegger's commutation didn't serve justice

    01/06/2011 8:20:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    In his last remaining hours as California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger issued three sentence commutations. The most notable went to the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, Esteban Núñez, who is serving time for voluntary manslaughter. Núñez's legal problems began in San Diego on Oct. 4, 2008. After Núñez, then 19, and some friends were not admitted to a fraternity party, they went looking for a fight. They found a group of students who also had been drinking. After a short but fatal clash, Luis Dos Santos, 22, lay dying. Schwarzenegger wrote that he reduced Núñez's sentence from 16 years...
  • Sentence Reduction for Speaker's Son Draws Fire (Blatant Corruption)

    01/04/2011 12:23:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Jan 3, 2011 | LINDSAY HOOD and MARK HEASLET
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decision to commute the prison sentence for the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez has outraged some of the outgoing governor's critics, including a victim's father. On his last day in office, Schwarzenegger shortened Esteban Nunez's sentence to seven years, saying he thought the 16-year sentence was excessive. The move came just hours before Schwarzenegger left office. Nunez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a fight that killed 22-year-old Luis Santos near San Diego State University in 2008. The victim's father called the decision ridiculous and politically...
  • Schwarzenegger's commutation for Nunez criticized

    01/04/2011 7:59:17 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Laurel Rosenhall
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to reduce the prison sentence of a former Assembly speaker's son sparked outrage Monday, from the district attorney who prosecuted Esteban Núñez to local families whose loved ones are spending more time in prison – for lesser crimes. "We were shocked to hear of the governor's last-minute commutation, which greatly diminishes justice for victim Luis Santos and re-victimizes his family and friends," San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in a prepared statement. She said her office was not consulted about the sentence reduction, in which Núñez's prison term was cut from 16 years...
  • Governor (Schwarzeneggar) reduces sentence of former Assembly speaker's son

    01/03/2011 8:12:58 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 3, 2011 | Evan Halper and Tony Perry
    On his final night in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, Esteban Nuñez, who had pleaded guilty to participating in the killing of a college student. The governor also granted several other commutations and pardons and gave plum government appointments to political allies and the spouse of his chief of staff. Schwarzenegger announced the moves in a batch of eleventh-hour press releases e-mailed to reporters. Esteban Nuñez, now 21, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the stabbing death of Luis Santos. Schwarzenegger cut the...
  • Editorial: Schwarzenegger dreamed big, but dug a deep hole

    01/02/2011 9:42:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/2/11 | Editor
    As Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to exit the Capitol, naysayers continue to dismiss him as a neophyte and an interloper – a foreign-born Hollywood superstar who, as governor, was out of touch with the average Californian. As it turns out, Schwarzenegger's greatest failing wasn't his outsider status. On fiscal matters, he was far too Californian. He wanted to have it all – infrastructure, education, prisons and environmental protection – but he was reluctant to pay for it. Schwarzenegger's first act upon winning the recall election was to slash the car tax – the vehicle license fee – which immediately added $6...
  • Nunez son sentenced to 16 yrs for SD manslaughter

    06/25/2010 3:19:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/25/10
    San Diego, CA (AP) -- A judge has sentenced the son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez to 16 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a San Diego college student.
  • Schwarzenegger partially commutes manslaughter sentence of Esteban Nunez

    01/02/2011 7:04:19 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 17 replies
    capitolweekly ^ | 01/02/11 | John Howard
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, just hours before leaving the governor’s office, shaved nine years off the combined 16-year sentence of Esteban Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. The younger Nunez was one of three young men charged in a knife fight near San Diego State University in October 2008, in which Luis Dos Santos was stabbed to death. The man who wielded the knife in the fatal attack, Ryan Jett, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to state prison. Esteban Nunez wielded a knife that injured another participant in the fight. He pleaded guilty to...
  • California's 'cap-and-trade' escapade--Golden State pushes climate change over business climate

    12/28/2010 10:06:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 4+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2010 | Editorial
    The fact that the lame-duck Congress balked at endorsing "cap-and-trade" legislation didn't deter California from approving its own version of the extreme green scheme for restricting industrial emissions. The move bolsters the state's reputation as the left coast's home for ideas out of left field. Soon Americans will witness what happens when global-warming hysteria worsens an already sick economy.California's Air Resources Board approved a cap-and-trade system on Dec. 16 that covers 360 businesses at 600 locations statewide. In its first phase, starting in 2012, electric utilities and other large manufacturers will receive free permits allowing emissions at their current...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger exits with some big successes

    12/28/2010 8:13:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 5+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/28/10 | Carla Marinucci, Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Political Writers
    As he bounded toward the stage to address Californians for the first time as governor-elect, Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed stunned at being catapulted from superstar to leader of the world's eighth-largest economy during the historic 2003 recall election. "Only in America," he whispered to reporters before hitting the spotlight. Only in California is more like it: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was still in a loincloth and killing bad guys with a sword as "Conan the Barbarian" in the early 1980s when Jerry Brown was finishing his second term as governor. Only in California could such a political newcomer charge into the governor's...
  • Schwarzenegger's legacy: Green laws and red ink

    12/26/2010 9:23:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies · 2+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/26/10 | Paul Rogers
    A month before the historic recall that drove Gov. Gray Davis from office in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in a TV commercial making a promise to the voters of California."Here's my plan," he said. "Audit everything, open the books, and then we end the crazy deficit spending. "... If you're happy with the way things are, keep your current leaders. If you want to change this state, then join me."Voters joined in droves. But as he prepares to leave office seven years later, Schwarzenegger's promises are a distant echo.He leaves a legacy of landmark environmental laws, public works spending and...
  • Schwarzenegger says he’d like a job working for Obama

    12/20/2010 12:13:38 PM PST · by Enchante · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/20/10 | Holly Bailey
    Schwarzenegger, who counts legislation combating global warming as one of his signature achievements in office, suggested he might be interested in a post dealing with energy or the environment. "I'm a big believer in environmental issues," Schwarzenegger said, who added that he wanted a post where he could use his "celebrity power … knowledge and experience" to impact public policy. "I've traveled the world. … I'm very familiar with the world."
  • California air board OKs cap-and-trade regulations

    12/16/2010 9:33:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/10 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    The California Air Resources Board on Thursday approved the creation of the nation's first broad-based program to put a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and to begin charging large emitters for the excess carbon dioxide they put in the air. After an all-day meeting, the board voted 9-1 for the proposal, which will take effect beginning in 2012 and means California is once again moving forward with climate change policy while efforts on the national level have stopped. "The comment 'the world is watching' is sometimes an idle comment. It's not idle this afternoon," said Air Resources Board member Ronald...
  • Calif. regulators OK major greenhouse gas rules (state launching into a "historic adventure")

    12/16/2010 7:52:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/10 | Jason Dearan - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California regulators on Thursday approved the first system in the nation to give polluting companies such as utilities and refineries financial incentives to emit fewer greenhouse gases. The Air Resources Board voted 9-1 to pass the key piece of California's 2006 climate law — called AB32 — with the hope that other states will follow the lead of the world's eighth largest economy. State officials also are discussing plans to link the new system with similar ones under way or being planned in Canada, Europe and Asia. California is launching into a "historic adventure," said Mary Nichols,...
  • Governor Receives U.S. EPA Environmental Climate Change Champion Award

    12/04/2010 11:12:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    MR. BLUMENFELD: So today we recognize this person for an extraordinary vision and leadership as an early, ardent and articulate champion in the defense of our planet against global climate change. This person had a great team. I want to recognize Terry Tamminen and Linda Adams, who are both here, who really -- you can't do this stuff alone when you're sitting -- (Applause) And the job at the top is lonely and so when you surround yourselves by people you want to have people that free you up to take action and those are the type of people that...
  • Closing credits: What is Schwarzenegger's legacy?

    12/01/2010 8:22:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/1/10 | Steve Wiegand
    He has been, in many ways, a governor of firsts:• The first to take office as a result of a recall election.• The first to commute, on an almost daily basis and via private jet, between the Capitol and his Southern California mansion. • The first to have served in the Austrian army, the first to have won the Mr. Olympia body-building title seven times, and - as far as we know - the first California chief executive to have nude photos of himself widely available on the World Wide Web.But "first" does not necessarily mean "great," or even "good."And...
  • Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger trying hard for legacy

    11/30/2010 8:06:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/30/10 | Dan Walters
    Arnold Schwarzenegger dished out make-believe mayhem during his action movie hero days, but he must be a closet masochist. Why else would he say, as he often does, that he'd love to remain governor of California? He's already one of the most unpopular governors in state history, and he's leaving behind an economy that's erased more than a million jobs and a state budget deficit that's worse than the one he inherited seven years ago. A rational man would jet to his ski lodge in Sun Valley and return to Sacramento just in time to hand the mess to successor...
  • Clean-tech advocates hail Schwarzenegger's legacy

    11/17/2010 8:32:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/17/10 | Rick Daysog
    When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, there were 30 clean-tech companies in the Sacramento region. Today, there are more than 100 such companies in the area employing thousands of workers. With weeks remaining in Schwarzenegger's administration, the fledgling green economy in Sacramento and the rest of California owes a debt to Schwarzenegger's stewardship of the state's climate-change law and his administration's policies, clean-tech advocates say. "(Gov. Schwarzenegger) helped to spark a clean-energy revolution in our state and ignite a national dialogue about the importance of climate change legislation," said state Sen. Fran Pavley,...
  • Schwarzenegger pushes new greenhouse gas initiative

    11/15/2010 4:49:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/15/10 | Rick Daysog
    Encouraged by what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called clean energy's "greatest referendum in history," California officials are pushing ahead with a new greenhouse gas accord with developing foreign countries. Schwarzenegger today launched the third Governors' Global Climate summit at the University of California, Davis, saying this month's landslide defeat of Proposition 23, an oil industry backed initiative to roll back the state's landmark climate change law, shows broad support among voters for climate change initiatives. "I hope that our success encourages you to fight and keep fighting and fighting because science is on our side, the economics is on our side...
  • Public carbon trading dead in the USA ( However California CARB is at work )

    11/08/2010 10:14:06 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 8, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    Public carbon trading dead in the USA Posted on November 8, 2010 by Anthony Watts Gore’s grand experiment has flatlined. As we reported almost two weeks ago, the Gore and Pachauri advised Chicago Carbon Exchange (CCX) has closed. Closing price? A nickel per ton of CO2.Here’s the final day closing page for posterity:A 16 lb bag of charcoal briquettes is worth more than a ton of CO2. About 220x more. Here’s more on the story:Carbon Trade Ends on Quiet Death of Chicago Climate ExchangeBy John O’SullivanRepublican mid-term election joy deals financial uncertainty among green investors as the Chicago Climate Exchange announces...
  • Schwarzenegger: D.C. Politicians Are 'Wimps' [rails against Prop 23 and evil oil companies]

    10/30/2010 12:39:53 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/27/2010
    VIDEO: Arnold Schwarzenegger shares energy policy ideas with Diane Sawyer. The following is a partial transcript of the exchange (see video) • World News asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the clean energy policies that he says are his legacy • Does he think the nation will join in his conviction? SCHWARZENEGGER: "What would help is if we now are successful in beating back the Texas oil companies, the same players that have been there for decades, ruining everything -- you know -- trying to burn and get rid of our light rail in 45 cities. "And so now the...
  • California air board to unveil cap-and-trade program for CO2

    10/29/2010 7:59:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/29/10 | Rick Daysog
    With voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of California's climate change law, regulators are pressing ahead with a key part of the statute that puts limits on how much the state's companies can pollute. The California Air Resources Board today will unveil new rules and regulations for a cap-and-trade program. It will set a ceiling on the amount of carbon that refiners, power companies and major manufacturers can emit each year. While details of the regulations aren't yet available, ARB officials have already indicated that they plan to take a pro-business approach. They will initially give...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses Charlie Crist

    10/12/2010 1:38:16 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12 October 2010 | Arnold Schwarzenegger
    "I endorse Gov @charliecristfl for Senate. Great leader, works with both parties, and our country needs someone like him in DC right now."
  • Arnie's template for a greener Russia

    10/12/2010 12:11:09 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies
    The Moscow News ^ | 10/12/2010 | Lidia Okorokova
    There’s more to Schwarzenegger than Skolkovo – California’s out-going governor is already preparing for life after office with a drive to promote the environment. And in Moscow’s Higher School of Economics he outlined his ideas on energy efficiency to students, highlighting the green legacy of his regime in the US. California’s dreams come true Schwarzenegger said at the conference that California is becoming a world leader in energy efficiency and environmental programmes. “We have built hydrogen fueling stations along the roads. We promote renewable energy. We passed legislation AB32, whereby we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent...
  • Book Review: Schwarzenegger’s presidential ambitions (Are they CRAZY?!)

    10/08/2010 9:21:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post's Political Bookworm ^ | October 8, 2010 | Steven E. Levingston
    Is there anybody out there with muscle-man Republican-populist appeal who is bigger, meaner, tougher than the indestructible Sarah Palin? Anyone who could take her on – and take her down in a run for the presidency? It seems a job for only one person – a creature of titanic strength, a man who, once he sets his sights on something, does not unlock like some kind of weird cyborg, maybe. And that one man could only be the Governator, the Terminator: Arnold himself. A new book due out next week reveals that Schwarzenegger hasn’t given up his hopes of parking...
  • Governor introduces green jobs website

    09/10/2010 6:33:16 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 12 replies
    SF Gate / SF Chronicle ^ | 9/10/10 | Justin Ho
    Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday announced the start of a new website intended to help Californians find jobs in green industries. The website, called Clean Energy Jobs, provides resources to promote jobs in areas such as recycling, clean transportation and renewable energy. The website lists 48 programs that provide training for green jobs, offered through organizations such as community colleges, local workforce investment boards and private industries. In a written statement, the governor said the website's purpose is to highlight "how the state's community colleges and workforce investment boards, labor unions, and employers are working to meet the demand...
  • Court won’t force state to defend Prop. 8

    09/02/2010 2:17:59 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/2/2010 | Martin Wisckol
    A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban, according to an Associated Press report. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group’s request to force the officials to defend Proposition 8 in court. The court did not give a reason why it turned down the request by the Pacific Justice Institute.
  • Schwarzenegger budget plan would borrow from CalPERS

    08/20/2010 8:01:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/20/10 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has privately proposed borrowing $2 billion from the state's giant pension fund to help bridge California's $19 billion budget deficit. The plan would take the money as an advance against future savings from pension cuts, according to sources close to the negotiations who would not be identified because of the sensitive nature of the talks. The Republican governor is demanding that lawmakers reduce pension benefits for newly hired state workers back to pre-1999 levels as part of any budget agreement he signs. The Legislature and Gov. Gray Davis that year authorized larger pension benefits under the assumption...
  • Who will pay for California's high-speed rail system?

    08/15/2010 2:37:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/15/10 | Mike Rosenberg and Gary Richards
    For the next minute, imagine yourself at a car dealership. You're strapped for cash but find a sleek new ride and ask the salesman for a deal. He quotes you a number that's four times what you have in the bank. And, he warns, even that price isn't fixed -- there's no guarantee you won't pay more in the end. What do you do? For California, the lure of its new ride -- a bullet train system capable of whisking passengers between the Bay Area and Los Angeles -- has proved so enticing that the state jumped at the deal,...
  • California high-speed rail commission set to award contract to group with ties to Schwarzenegger

    09/03/2009 11:07:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 677+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/3/09 | Shane Goldmacher
    Reporting from Sacramento - California's high-speed rail commission, dominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointees, is set to award a $9-million contract today to a company led by the governor's top political advisor and his former campaign manager. The three commission staff members charged with recommending a public relations firm have advised the board to give the contract to Mercury Public Affairs at its meeting today. Schwarzenegger strategist Adam Mendelsohn is a partner at Mercury, as is Steve Schmidt, who managed the governor's 2006 reelection effort. Two members of the staff panel are former Mendelsohn colleagues. Ethics watchdogs raised questions about...
  • Schwarzenegger: Let Gays Marry Immediately

    08/10/2010 4:32:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 10, 2010 | James Tillman
    SACRAMENTO, California, August 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging Judge Vaughn Walker to discontinue the stay that the judge placed on the enforcement of his own ruling against Proposition 8, and to thereby let homosexuals marry.Judge Walker issued his explosive decision against traditional marriage last week; however, he decided to enjoin enforcement of his order and not to allow gay “marriages” to commence immediately in the state, pending the inevitable appeal of his ruling by defenders of true marriage. "The Administration believes the public interest is best served by permitting the Court’s judgment to go into effect,...