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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Aid Small Gas Stations Making the Transition to Cleaner Technologies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the statement below following his signing of AB 96 by Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) which will provide independent gas stations owners additional financing options to install enhanced vapor recovery systems: “While it is important that we move forward with policies aimed at reducing air pollution, […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Education Assistance for California National Guard Members

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the California National Guard Education Assistance Program (CNGEAP), a new program he made sure was part of the state budget that will provide financial assistance for California’s National Guard members to get a college education. Before this legislation, California was the only state in the […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Budget to Solve $24 Billion Deficit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a $24 billion budget solution that includes $16.1 billion in spending reductions. Over the past five months, the Governor has consistently led the difficult task of solving a combined $60 billion budget deficit – roughly a third of our entire state budget over the 2008-09 and […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Executive Order to Eliminate Government Waste, Reduce State Operating Costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today ordered the state’s motor vehicle fleet to be reduced by 15 percent following reports of waste and abuse regarding vehicles permitted to be taken home by state employees. The abuse was reported to the newly created Waste Watchers Web site. An internal Department of Transportation audit […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces First 25 Productions to Qualify for Film & Television Production Incentive

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the first 25 film and television productions to qualify for the film and television production incentive the Governor signed into law on February 20, 2009. The Governor fought for economic stimulus measures including this substantial new job and business retention incentive program earlier this year. […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement Following State Bar’s Refusal to Seat Sara Granda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement on the State Bar’s refusal to seat Sara Granda, a 29-year-old law school graduate who is paralyzed from the neck down, at Tuesday’s bar exam due to a bureaucratic error that left her ineligible to take the test because her registration fee was […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Passage of No Tax Increase Budget Revision

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the Assembly and Senate passed a revision to California’s 2009-10 budget: “These are difficult economic times that demand courage from elected officials, including those in the legislature. Both Republicans and Democrats stepped up to the challenge, and I want to thank […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letter to State Departments and Agencies Stressing the Importance of Reporting Recovery Act Information

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In response to the attached letter from Recovery Act Inspector General Laura Chick, today Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent the following letter to state departments and agencies involved with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding federally designated to flow through state government entities. On July 9, 2009, the Inspector […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Announces $27 Million in Savings from DGS Renegotiated Contracts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the Department of General Services (DGS) has saved the state $27 million on commercial leasing rates through a targeted effort to renegotiate the terms on 1,200 of the state’s commercial leases. DGS estimates that its efforts will eventually achieve $80 to $100 million in savings […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Offers Rewards for Information in Two Unsolved Murder Cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /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 two unsolved murder cases in California. The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered: On July 5, […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Jerome Horton to California Board of Equalization

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Jerome Horton to represent the 4th District for the California Board of Equalization following the election of Judy Chu to Congress. “Jerome Horton is a committed public servant with a solid record of protecting taxpayers and supporting tax policies that promote economic […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Eight to Los Angeles County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointments of Stephanie M. Bowick, Henry J. Hall, Ralph C. Hofer, Renee F. Korn, Stephen M. Moloney, Randall F. Pacheco, Olivia Rosales and Gary Y. Tanaka to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Bowick, 46, of Pasadena, has worked for the Los […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Debra Harris to San Bernardino County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Debra Harris to a judgeship in the San Bernardino County Superior Court. Harris, 56, of Victorville, has worked for the San Bernardino Public Defender’s Office where she has served as a chief deputy public defender since 2009 and previously as a supervising […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Two to Orange County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointments of Deborah J. Chuang and Walter P. Schwarm to judgeships in the Orange County Superior Court. Chuang, 38, of Santa Ana, has served as a deputy attorney general for the California Attorney General’s Office since 1997. Prior to that, she was an associate […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Applauds Decision to Reject Workers’ Compensation Rate Increase

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday applauded Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s decision to reject the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s request for a pure premium rate increase that would have had an overwhelmingly negative impact on businesses, employees and California’s economy. “Since taking office, I’ve fought to reduce workers’ compensation insurance rates […]

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California Recovery Task Force Announces Regional Road to Recovery Conferences

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California Recovery Task Force announced July 6 upcoming regional Road to Recovery Conferences being held in Southern, Central and Northern California to provide practical and technical guidance on how local communities, including government entities, private employers and non-profits, can apply for and access funding available through the federal American […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds EPA Decision Granting California Authority to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted California a waiver to implement its greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars after a three and a half year wait: “After being asleep at the wheel for over two decades, the federal government has finally […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces California Green Jobs Corp Funding Recipients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday announced the recipients of nearly $10 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding to launch 11 regional California Green Job Corps pilot programs throughout the state. The Recovery Act funding will be matched with more than $10 million in local resources to provide […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Creates the California Complete Count Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 12 announced the creation of the California Complete Count Committee (Committee) to ensure a complete count for the 2010 Census. “Every Californian counts,” Governor Schwarzenegger said. “The Census determines how the distribution of more than $300 billion in federal funds goes to local, state and […]

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Department of Finance Chief Deputy Director Ana Matosantos Issues Statement Regarding Efficiency and Consolidation Proposals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Following her testimony in Budget Conference Committee today, Department of Finance Chief Deputy Director Ana Matosantos issued the following statement on the Governor’s efficiency and consolidation proposals and his commitment to eliminating waste in government: “The Governor has been adamant that this budget not only be about cuts, but that […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on $883 Million Recovery Act Funding Allocated for Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released the statement below following the California Department of Education’s announcement of the allocation of $883 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) State Fiscal Stabilization Funding (SFSF) to local education agencies for categorical program restoration. California was the first state in the nation to […]

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Prepares State to Fight Wildfires, Directs Administration to Suspend Furloughs for Fire Personnel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Ensuring all state resources are available to prepare for and fight wildfires, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today directed his Department of Personnel Administration to exempt all California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) employees from the statewide furlough program during the 2009 and 2010 fire seasons. “While we need […]

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Senior Advisor David Crane Issues Statement After High-Speed Rail Roundtable with Vice President Joe Biden

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — After attending a White House state roundtable hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment (Recovery Act) funding application for high-speed rail, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Senior Advisor David Crane issued the statement below. David Crane also serves as a […]

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Prepared Text of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Joint Legislative Session Budget Address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Prepared Text of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Joint Legislative Session Budget Address: Speaker Bass, Senate Leader Steinberg, Assemblyman Blakeslee, Senator Hollingsworth, my fellow Constitutional Officers and my fellow servants of the people: Thank you for the gracious invitation to address you today and to address the people of California. Today I want […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger Offers Rewards for Information in Three Unsolved Murder Cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for each of the following three unsolved murder cases in California. The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered: […]

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Checkoff California Month Encourages Californians to Make a Difference at Tax Time

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — To remind Californians how simple it is to make a contribution to one or more of the fifteen charitable funds participating in the state’s voluntary tax check-off program, the month of March has been declared Checkoff California Month. “Our Golden State is home to countless generous people dedicated to making a […]

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Environmental Advocate David S. Honda Appointed to Oversight Board of Controversial L.A. Landfill

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles business leader and environmental sustainability advocate David S. Honda has been appointed to the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Local Enforcement Agency (SCL-LEA). SCL-LEA is a recently created joint powers authority (JPA) formed in part to adjudicate operating issues surrounding the controversial urban landfill at Sunshine Canyon as they arise, while […]

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Media Advisory: Press Conference – California Ferret Owners Seek Answers from the California Department of Food & Agriculture

Legalize FerretsLOS ANGELES, Calif. — According to LegalizeFerrets.org, California ferret owners are upset that the head of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Honorable A.G. Kawamura has ignored a formal request and letter writing campaign to get the CDFA to reevaluate their position that ferrets pose a threat to the state’s agricultural industries.

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