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10/17/2007
Judy Dugan
Just because Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law AB118, an oil-friendly bill disguised as an environmental bill, that doesn't mean the questions will end. For instance, how does he explain why he opposes clean air projects if they're funded by an oil company fee, as with last year's Proposition 87, but approves of a car tax on...
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10/16/2007
Carmen Balber
At the end of his first "post-partisan" year, Arnold Schwarzenegger stuck to a lot of his old guns as far as campaign donors go. The governor signed several pieces of donor-friendly legislation (see yesterday's post), and his vetoes tracked donors' interests as well. Preservation of his business bias was at the top of Arnold's list: he...
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10/15/2007
Judy Dugan
A rumor briefly swirled yesterday that Gov. Schwarzenegger would veto a deceptive "biofuel development" bill pushed with the full force of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez. That sounded too good to be true, and it was. Schwarzenegger signed the bill, AB118, in the final hours before his deadline for doing so -- the same way the bill...
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9/25/2007
Carmen Balber
Governor Schwarzenegger continued his closed door policy today when he refused to allow aides to testify at a Senate investigative hearing concerning his administration's interference in an exclusive $17 million contract given to long-standing Schwarzenegger donor, General Motors. (He also refused to let his chief of staff and cabinet secretary...
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9/14/2007
Mark Reback
Thanks to a heads up from some tipsters in the Monterey area, ArnoldWatch has learned that despite protests by the Monterey community and a unanimous vote of the City Council, Suterra, a company whose owner Stewart A. Resnick is among the top 100 donors to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, began aerial pesticide spraying over the Monterey area this...
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9/7/2007
Doug Heller and Carmen Balber
The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Governor Schwarzenegger has refused a State Senator's request for documents that could reveal that the administration influenced the purchase of more than 1100 vehicles from General Motors. The $17 million purchase was part of a flex-fuel program that was supposed to decrease the amount of gasoline used...
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9/4/2007
Carmen Balber
The flurry of end-of-session fundraising and favor-currying isn't confined to the four block radius of the Capitol building. It's not even limited to the politicians themselves. The Los Angeles Times reports today that Governor Schwarzenegger's chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, is headlining a fundraiser for a non-profit on Sept. 14th -- just as the...
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8/27/2007
Carmen Balber
The governor's office has announced appointing another donor to a political post. Samuel Hardage -- whose wife won a Schwarzenegger appointment to the Del Mar Fair Board -- was appointed to the Commission on Judicial Performance on Friday. Hardage and his investment firm have donated $59,500 to the governor. The Hardages are the only husband and...
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8/20/2007
Judy Dugan
When Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed former California Air Resources Board director Mary Nichols last month to head the same agency in his administration, reaction in the enviro world was mostly relief, tinged with worry: Could she stand up strongly to the governor and enforce the state's new global warming emissions law? But now we find that the...
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8/20/2007
Carmen Balber
Kim Fletcher, a $110,600 donor who was appointed to a seat on the Del Mar Fair Board by the governor last month, told the North County Times this Sunday: "Contributions are secondary...I probably could have given less money and still gotten appointed." Just as some donors give the governor money in hopes of bending his ear on policy...