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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates First Phase Completion of Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project to Green the Grid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today celebrated the completion of the first phase of Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, the first major transmission project in California to be constructed specifically for accessing a renewable-rich resource area. Once the entire project is completed, it will be capable of delivering 4,500 megawatts […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces State will Contract with Federal Government to Cover High-Risk, Uninsured Californians

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announcing his intention to contract with the federal government to operate a temporary health insurance program for currently uninsured individuals with preexisting medical conditions. The decision is based on the Secretary’s assurances that 100 percent […]

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Proposal to Drill in California Sanctuary Waters Too Dangerous says Nava

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Gulf tragedy and environmental catastrophe now unfolding off the coast of Louisiana further highlights why new offshore oil drilling off the California coast should not be allowed according to Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara). “There is a lesson to be learned from this tragic loss of life and catastrophic […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of Abel Maldonado as Calif. Lt. Governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the State Senate confirmed Abel Maldonado as Lieutenant Governor: “I commend the California State Senate for acting quickly and setting partisanship aside in confirming Senator Abel Maldonado as Lieutenant Governor. Senator Maldonado is a model of post-partisanship, reaching across the aisle […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Joins Trust for Public Land to Announce Public-Private Partnership to Save Hollywood Sign

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to announce it has secured the necessary funding to purchase Cahuenga Peak, the 138 acres of land surrounding the Hollywood sign. “Of all the iconic landmarks in the world, the Hollywood sign is truly one of the most recognizable […]

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Humane Society Legislative Fund Gives Nava a 100 Percent Plus Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), a co-chair of the California Legislature’s Animal Caucus, announced today that he received a better-than-perfect 100+ percent score from the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) on their Humane Scorecard–Report on the 2009 California State Legislature. “As his more than perfect score on the 2009 […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for California Due to Baja Calif. Earthquake Damage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today sent a letter to President Barack Obama through Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX Regional Administrator Nancy Ward requesting a disaster declaration for the state of California as a result of the April 4 earthquake centered in Baja California, Mexico. The earthquake was widely felt in […]

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Ca. Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Employment Report

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the California Employment Development Department released employment numbers for the month of March: “I am encouraged by the news that the state has added jobs every month this year, but our unemployment rate remains too high and more action is needed. […]

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Nava Announces Introduction of Corporate Political Expenditure Accountability Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and the California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG) announced today the introduction of the Corporate Political Expenditure Accountability Act. The measure will hold corporations accountable to shareholders for political expenditures by requiring an annual report to shareholders detailing the type, purpose, cost, and benefit of […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces California Has Exceeded Its Target to Reduce State Fleet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Following through on his efforts to reduce unnecessary, wasteful state spending and improve government efficiency, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that the state moved swiftly, in less than a year, to remove more than 3,300 vehicles from the state fleet and halt vehicle purchasing. Today, state officials are auctioning 400 […]

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California Recovery Task Force Director Herb K. Schultz Issues Statement on Inspector General’s Findings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Recovery Task Force Director and Senior Advisor to the Governor Herb K. Schultz issued the following statement after California Recovery Act Inspector General Laura Chick released a review of the California Department of Social Services’ spending of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds: “I appreciate California Recovery […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Richard Rice Director of the California Recovery Task Force

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Richard Rice as director of the California Recovery Task Force and also thanked Herb K. Schultz for his service. Schultz has been appointed by President Barack Obama as director of Region IX for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Richard […]

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Ca. Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Resignation of FPPC Chairman Ross Johnson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Chairman Ross Johnson: “As chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission, Ross has worked tirelessly to promote and protect the integrity of representative government in California. He has demonstrated true talent and commitment […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Provide Greater Assistance to Calif. Homeowners

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed SB 401 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), legislation that will bring much of our state tax policy in line with federal policy while specifically providing greater tax relief to struggling California homeowners who have sold their homes as short sales or modified their mortgage loans. […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds $333,000 Grant to Find New Uses for NUMMI Facility

FREMONT, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a $333,000 grant to the city of Fremont to support the reuse and revitalization of the NUMMI site to provide economic benefit for the community: “I am encouraged by the federal government’s action today. As […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Superior Court Appointments for 4.08.10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Tara M. Desautels to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Desautels, 38, of San Francisco, has served Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as a senior associate since 2005. Previously, she served the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office as a deputy district […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Ann Ameral to Stanislaus County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Ann Q. Ameral to a judgeship in the Stanislaus County Superior Court. Ameral, 55, of Modesto, has served the Stanislaus County Superior Court as a court commissioner since 2007. Previously, she was a sole practitioner from 1982 to 2007 and an attorney […]

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Calif. California Recovery Task Force Director Issues Statement and Sends Letter to U.S. Department of Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Recovery Task Force Director Herb K. Schultz issued the following statement and sent the following letter to the U.S. Department of Education in response to a March 4, 2010 letter regarding California’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Round Two Application: “California has met all federal requirements for the second distribution […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Highlights Job Creation at SKECHERS Groundbreaking

RIVERSIDE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today attended the groundbreaking of the new, state-of-the-art SKECHERS North American Operations Headquarters at the Highland Fairview Corporate Park in Riverside County. Upon completion, the SKECHERS facility will be the largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building of its kind in the U.S. and, […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs Sex Offender Management Board to Review Gardner Case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today directed the Sex Offender Management Board to review the John Albert Gardner case to determine where systemic changes or improvements can be made to better protect the public. “We must learn from what happened in this case to make sure the public is protected from sexual […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Unveils Partnership with Microsoft to Offer Job Training to Californians

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that California will join forces with Microsoft to provide free technology training to thousands of Californians. Through Elevate America, Microsoft’s innovative program to enhance the technical job skills of individuals across the country, California will receive 166,500 vouchers to distribute to Californians for free, online […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates Success of Bank on California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Announces Over 100,000 Accounts Opened, Sacramento, Santa Ana Latest to Join Program. Emphasizing the importance of providing Californians access to resources that help secure financial stability, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined his Bank on California team to announce that the program has opened over 100,000 accounts one year earlier than […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Bill Leonard Secretary of State and Consumer Services Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Bill Leonard as secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA). “Bill Leonard has served as an elected public official in California since 1978, and we are fortunate to have such an experienced leader,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “His commitment to serving […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs CDCR to Retain All Sex Offender Parole Files

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today directed the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to retain all files on sex offender parolees going forward and to make as much information as possible available to the public. Today’s action comes after an immediate review of CDCR’s policy on parolee file retention. “The […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces California Receives Major Disaster Declaration for Counties Affected by Winter Storms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster declaration for Calaveras, Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Siskiyou counties after winter storms pounded the state beginning in January. This declaration will release federal funds to help communities recover from the effects of these storms. […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces New Governance Entity to Advance Health Information Exchange in California with Stimulus Funding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger and California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Secretary Kim Belshé today announced the state’s intent to name Cal eConnect as a new non-profit entity that will provide leadership and oversee a collaborative process to develop and support the Health Information Exchange (HIE) services in California. “Building a […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on $700 Million Allocation to Aid Struggling Homeowners

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that California is eligible for up to $700 million in federal funding to develop innovative initiatives to help homeowners struggling to meet their mortgage payments: “California has been hit hard by the housing crisis, and while my […]

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Nava Asks California Department of Corporations to Investigate Los Angeles Homeowners Mortgage Loans

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — They climbed onto busses around midnight and rode 9 hours to Sacramento from Los Angeles. More than 50 homeowners and their families, who had already lost their homes in foreclosure, were in foreclosure or had received Notices of Default. They wanted to meet with the Chair of the Assembly […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Kicks Off The Office Of The Census 2010 Get Out The Count Census Campaign

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — With the arrival of Census forms scheduled for March 15-17, Mayor Villaraigosa, joined by Councilmembers José Huizar and Paul Krekorian and community partners, kicked off a City-wide campaign to encourage Angelenos to participate in the decennial count, that decides federal and state funding as well as political representation for […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Actions to Fight Obesity, Promote Healthy Living

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Following a moderated discussion with President Clinton at the Governor’s 2010 Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity: Actions for Healthy Living, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced eight specific actions he will pursue to support healthy living in California. The actions announced by the Governor will fight childhood obesity and encourage all […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Nava Calls for Ban on Toxic Lead Shot in State Wildlife Areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Earlier today, Assemblymember Pedro Nava announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 2223, which will ban the use of toxic lead shot in California’s 627,000 acre network of State Wildlife Areas. As a result of widespread scientific consensus that the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting poses a significant danger […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Convenes 2010 Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity: Actions for Healthy Living

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Joined by President Bill Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today convened the Governor’s 2010 Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity: Actions for Healthy Living at The California Endowment in Los Angeles. Opening the Summit, the Governor and President Clinton participated in a discussion, moderated by The California Endowment President and […]

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Regional Industry Grants Provided To 10 Regions Across California, More Than $2 Million Fund Job Training Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Recovery Task Force on Friday announced the 10 recipients of nearly $2.2 million in Regional Industry Clusters of Opportunity Grants (RICOG). These grants will bolster regional economic competitiveness by building the capacity of regional collaborations to identify growing industries, undertake strategic planning and leverage public and private resources. […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Seven to Los Angeles County Superior Court

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday announced the appointments of Karen M. Ackerson-Brazille, David R. Fields, Reva G. Goetz, Laura L. Laesecke, Sally L. Meloch, Shellie L. Samuels, and Paul T. Suzuki to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Ackerson-Brazille, 45, of Los Angeles, has been a deputy attorney […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces $130 Million Investment in Transportation Projects

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced yesterday that California will receive an additional $130 million in new funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) for four highway, local, street, rail and port projects across the state. The funding will be provided under the Recovery Act’s $1.5 billion Transportation Investment […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Stimulus Funded Job Training Opportunities As City Nears $600 Million In Recovery Act Funds

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday announced the award of $7 million in stimulus funding for job training programs in high growth industry sectors. The competitive grants are being awarded after the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) issued Requests for Proposals, in November 2009, to select […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger California Superior Court Appointments for Feb. 18, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Bret D. Hillman to a judgeship in the Tulare County Superior Court. Hillman, 49, of Tulare, has been a partner for Hillman and Lew since 2007. Previously, he served Stringham, Hillman and Lew as a partner from 1990 to 2007 and Stringham […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Visits 405 Carpool Lane Project On One Year Anniversary of Recovery Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger today announced that on the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), $2.5 billion will be committed to almost 900 transportation projects statewide by the end of February. California has managed more than $25 billion in Recovery Act funds to improve California’s infrastructure […]

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Encourages Angelenos to Participate in Budget Challenge Survey

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa encouraged community members to participate in the Los Angeles Budget Challenge survey today at the Silver Lake Library. An online survey tool designed to give the community better information and access to the budget process, the Los Angeles Budget Challenge is aimed to make the City’s […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces More Than $100 Million Recovery Act Investment In Advancing Use Of Health Information Exchange and Technology

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger on Friday announced that California will receive more than $100 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) awards. These funds will assist health care providers to expand the secure use and exchange of health information technology (IT) and train workers for thousands of health […]

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