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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Passage of Historic Comprehensive Water Package

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the legislature’s passage of an historic package to reform and rebuild California’s water system: “Water is the lifeblood of everything we do in California. Without clean, reliable water, we cannot build, we cannot farm, we cannot grow and we cannot prosper. That […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Race to the Top Legislative Package Passes State Senate

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the statement below after the California State Senate voted to pass SBX5 1, the bi-partisan measure proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger to ensure California meets the Obama Administration’s competitiveness requirements in the $4.35 billion national Race to the Top funding competition – which has been federally designed to […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Louis Fuentes District I Imperial County Supervisor

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Louis Fuentes to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, representing District I. “Louis’ extensive experience and involvement in Imperial County make him the right person for this position,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “He is a dedicated public servant and I am confident he will […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Senate Education Committee for Standing by California’s School Children, Passing SBX5 1

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday issued the statement below after the state Senate Education Committee voted 5-0 to approve SBX5 1, a bi-partisan measure proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger and authored by Senator Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) to ensure California is highly competitive in the Obama Administration’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates Opening of World’s Largest Landfill Gas to Liquefied Natural Gas Facility in Calif.

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today celebrated the opening of the world’s largest landfill gas to liquefied natural gas (LFG-to-LNG) facility in California, the Waste Management Altamont Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility in Livermore. The plant, put together by partners Waste Management, Linde-BOC and Gas Technology Institute, is designed to produce up to […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Barstow Veterans Home Receives Highest Possible Honor for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

BARSTOW /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that the Veterans Home of California in Barstow (VHC-Barstow) has received the highest possible honor under the new rating system established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The facility received an outstanding score of five out of a possible five stars for health […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces More Jobs Saved or Created in California Through Recovery Act Spending

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined Vice President Joe Biden at the White House for the Obama Administration’s release of the federal government’s first quarter American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) data. State-by-state data released by the federal government after the event confirms that over 110,000 direct jobs have been saved […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Michael Picker Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Facilities

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Michael Picker as senior advisor to the Governor for renewable energy facilities. “Michael’s knowledge and experience in environmental policy development and state and local government administration will be utilized to help California expedite the permitting of renewable energy facilities in the state,” said […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Pedro Nava Applauds Historic Federal Hate Crimes Legislation

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) applauds the President and Congress for taking a historic stand and signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act. “The President believes every human being is entitled to equality and the same dignity and protection under the law,” said Nava. “Signing this crucial […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Secures Commitment to Continue Net Metering for Solar

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) committed to increase the amount of net metering for rooftop solar in its territory from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent to ensure that investment in solar continues to grow. PG&E will submit the change in tariffs to […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds President Obama’s Investment in Smart Grid, Providing Boost to Renewable Energy Projects

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement applauding President Barack Obama’s announcement to invest $3.4 billion in smart-grid technology throughout the nation, including over $200 million in California: “I applaud President Obama for investing in a national smart energy grid that will help reduce electricity demand and increase accessibility to […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments – 10.27.09

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: First, Jennifer Allen, 44, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. She has been a self-advocate presenter for Supported Life Institute since 2007. Previously, Allen served Capitol People First as president from 2005 to 2008 and a self-advocate […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Offers Rewards for Information in Two Unsolved Murder Cases

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for the following unsolved murder cases in California.The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered: On October 31, 2008, 18-year-old Colin […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders on Health Care Reform

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today sent the following letter to the Congressional leaders encouraging them to act on comprehensive health reform this year, while outlining specific concerns with the current health care reform legislation and reiterating the need to ensure that an unfair financial burden is not placed on states: October 27, […]

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California’s Film & Television Incentive Program Records Early Success in Retaining Jobs

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that 36 film and television productions are set to shoot during the last quarter of 2009 as a direct result of California’s recently launched film and TV production incentive. The Governor successfully proposed and pushed for the Film and Television Incentive as part of a package […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Calif. Appointments

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Appointments announced Oct. 23, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger include: Alexander Calero, 33, of San Diego, has been appointed to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. He has served as a member of the Board of Psychology since 2007 and as enforcement division staff counsel at the Department of Corporations since 2005. […]

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Nava to Introduce Oil Industry Fair Share Act – New Legislation will make Big Oil Pay for California Crude

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D – Santa Barbara) will be joined by seniors, school employees, healthcare providers, environmentalists and others to announce the introduction of the Oil Industry Fair Share Act at a Capitol news conference on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. in Room 1190 of the State Capitol. “California […]

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Nava Calls for Investigation of Department of Fish and Game Policy on Euthanizing Animals

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) sent a letter today to the Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee requesting the committee to hold an informational hearing or begin an investigation into the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) policy on euthanizing animals. Last week DFG wardens euthanized a bear […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Move Los Angeles Stadium Forward

LOS ANGELES /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed Assembly Bill X3 81 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-Compton) to speed up the construction of the long-awaited, environmentally-reviewed Los Angeles stadium complex. Specifically, this bill exempts activities associated with the development and operation of the stadium complex in the city of Industry from the California […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces $48 Million in Infrastructure Funds to Upper Yuba River Levee Improvement

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that his administration is expediting the implementation of $47.5 million in Proposition 1E funds to a critical levee improvement project on the Upper Yuba River. The funding is part of the Governor’s plan to rebuild California’s aging infrastructure while at the same time boosting the state’s […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Restore Funding to Calif.’s Domestic Violence Shelters

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed SBX3 13 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) to restore $16.3 million of state funding to support California domestic violence shelters. “I want to congratulate the many groups that put victims first and came together to find this creative solution that will keep domestic violence shelters […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger and Gov. Osuna Millán Sign MOU to Increase Collaboration Between California and Baja California

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Baja California Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue to build upon their cooperative efforts on important issues in the California-Baja California border region. Specifically in the agreement, they commit both states to work together in the areas of economic […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Obama Administration Plan to Assist Housing Finance Agencies

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the Obama Administration’s announced move to provide support to housing finance agencies across the nation. This action will help restart the housing market for low to moderate income first-time homebuyers, including in California, which has been among the hardest hit by the […]

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Calif. Recovery Task Force: 25 Percent of the 250,000 Education Jobs Saved or Created Nationwide are in California

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the statement below after the White House released a Domestic Policy Council report documenting the impact of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) spending on education. According to the report, Recovery Act spending in the area of education has saved or created 250,000 jobs nation-wide. According […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Highlights Calif. Public Safety Legislation

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Building on his commitment to keeping dangerous weapons off California’s streets and out of the hands of criminals and gang members, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today highlighted a bill he signed, AB 962 by Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). This bill would require vendors of handgun ammunition transfers and sales to […]

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Jail Time for Polluters Becomes Law – Nava’s Measure Sends Strong Message

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) announced that Assembly Bill 305, which allows prosecutors to seek jail time for polluters, was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Increased enforcement will provide prosecutors the tools to crack down on polluters who are not proactive in […]

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Dogfighting Prevention Measure Signed by Governor – Nava Bill Targets Dogfighting Spectators

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) announced today that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed his AB 242, the Dogfighting Prevention Act, which increases penalties for spectators at dogfights. “By approving this measure, the Governor has given law enforcement more tools to stop this vicious and heinous crime in California,” said Nava. “Spectators provide […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Mobilizes Calif. State Resources in Response to Storm

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger today directed his departments and agencies to take actions to prepare and respond to the needs of Californians during an unusually strong storm that will result in many parts of the state experiencing triple the amount of a typical October rain in one day. The storm is likely to […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Mortgage Protection Legislation

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — To help prevent California homeowners and homebuyers from being negatively impacted by the fraudulent mortgage practices that have arisen in the aftermath of the national foreclosure crisis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation to increase protections for consumers in the lending market and provide law enforcement with more tools to crack […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Provide Services and Resources to California’s Foster Children

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a package of legislation focused on expanding and promoting adoption opportunities and increasing services for children in California’s foster care system. The bills signed into law will create a food stamp program to assist youth transitioning out of the foster care system and help provide housing […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Supporting Crime Victims

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he has signed SB 314 by Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) to enhance the state’s efforts to collect restitution fines for crime victims in a more efficient and thorough manner and increasing the amount a victim can receive for relocation assistance. “Being a victim of crime is a […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Public Safety Legislation Protecting Kids from Sexual Offenders

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a package of legislation that will help better protect California’s children and families from sexual offenders. The bills will ensure that businesses providing goods or services to minors are informed if a potential employee is a registered sex offender, improve the quality of sex offender assessments and […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Submits California’s Application for $4.7 Billion in High-Speed Rail Recovery Act Funding

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Joined by federal, state and local officials in united support, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced his submission of the state’s application for nearly $4.7 billion in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding for engineering, design and construction on California’s high-speed train system. Pledging a dollar-for-dollar match from state […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces $26.5 Million in Clean-Air Grants for Southern California

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — At the Port of Long Beach, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce that over $26.5 million in clean-air grants have been awarded to Southern California as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to date. Helping California speed its […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Federal Action on California’s Water Crisis

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Obama administration officials announced new federal actions that will be taken to address California’s water crisis: “Californians are suffering from an extreme water crisis due to a three-year drought and two federal biological opinions […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on California Unemployment Rate

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement after the California Employment Development Department distributed its most recent unemployment data: “The latest unemployment numbers reinforce the importance of combining federal, state and local efforts to put Californians back to work and to help all those struggling in this difficult economy.” He […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Expedited Recovery Act Funding for Schools

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that $1.3 billion in expedited State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) will be available for California’s school districts, colleges and universities this year. In May, the U.S. Department of Education provided California $3.2 billion for the first phase of SFSF, 67 percent of California’s total $4.9 billion […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: First, Floyd Hayhurst, 51, of Ontario, has been reappointed to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He has served as deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department since 1982. Hayhurst also serves as vice president of the Association for […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Highlights California’s Push for Education Reform at School Rally

LOS ANGELES /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined the Reverend Jesse Jackson at an assembly at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles to challenge young people to take a more active role in building a stronger future for California. The Governor called on students to work hard in school and persevere through challenges […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on California’s Nation-Leading Environmental Standards

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger issued the following statement today after the President announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will adopt a vehicle emissions standard modeled after California’s first-in-the-nation standard and the International Code Council announced the state’s newly adopted Green Building Standards Code will serve as a foundation for commercial buildings […]

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