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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs Administration to take Action on SOMB Recommendations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday directed his Administration to take action on recommendations provided by the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) after reviewing the John Albert Gardner case. “Public safety is my number one priority, and I am absolutely committed to protecting our children from sexual predators,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “That […]

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Calif. Measure to Revitalize Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens Communities in Watts Approved by State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The California State Assembly today approved AB 1641 by Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles), which would designate the communities of Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens in Watts as redevelopment areas necessary to begin a planned $5 billion revitalization of the area. The measure was approved […]

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California Cat Declawing/Devocalizing Measure Passed by Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assembly Bill 2743, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), which will make it illegal for a landlord in California to require cat declawing or devocalization as a condition of tenancy, passed the Assembly with bipartisan support 63 to 7. “Declawing and devocalization are permanent, complex surgeries that can have […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Deaths of Two Camp Pendleton Marines

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the deaths of Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson of Tomball, TX, and Sgt. Kenneth B. May, Jr., of Kilgore, TX: “Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Corporal Jeffery Johnson and Sergeant Kenneth May. Both men served […]

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22 States Join California’s Fight Against Federal Judges Forcing Program Eliminations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — $2.4 billion of cuts approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor have been tied up by federal judges, forcing California state officials to consider the wholesale elimination of programs instead of cutbacks to those programs. The state has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review these decisions and […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement Following Senate Confirmation of Finance Director Ana Matosantos

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Ana Matosantos as director of the Department of Finance: “I congratulate Ana on her confirmation as California’s first Latina director of the Department of Finance. She absolutely has the knowledge and expertise our state needs to […]

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Los Angeles Gun Buyback Takes Over 2500 Firearms Off The Streets

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck yesterday announced the results of the 2010 Gun Buyback program. In it’s second year, the day long effort collected 2,511 firearms citywide. The program retrieved weapons in exchange for gift certificates at five locations citywide, in an effort aimed at reducing […]

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Legislative Leaders Announce Package of Measures to Calif. Close Tax Loopholes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislators held a State Capitol News Conference today to announce the introduction of a package of bills to close “fat cat” tax loopholes and corporate giveaways. Assemblymembers Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Tom Ammiano (San Francisco), Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles), were joined by educators, healthcare providers, nurses, and California’s Workers. […]

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Bass/Hall Bill to Reopen Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Approved by Assembly Health Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Assembly Health Committee today approved AB 2599 jointly authored by Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass (D- Baldwin Hills) and Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles). AB 2599 will codify the agreement between the State of California, the University of California and the County of Los Angeles […]

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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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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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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Hear California’s Ban of Violent Video Game Sales

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to review Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers, a case on California’s law that would ban the sale of violent video games to children: “We have a responsibility to our kids and our communities to protect against […]

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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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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools List

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the California State Board of Education voted to approve a list identifying five percent of the state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools as required by state and federal guidelines associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the School Improvement Grant program: […]

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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. Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Camp Pendleton Marine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen, 21 of Orem, UT: “Lance Corporal Nigel Olsen was a heroic Marine who put his life on the line, willingly facing danger to defend the freedoms we are lucky enough to enjoy every […]

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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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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Kyocera Decision to Create Green Jobs in California

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced plans to begin manufacturing solar modules in San Diego: “Today’s announcement is further proof that California’s nation-leading green policies play a vital role in our state’s economic success. Even in this recession, green jobs in California […]

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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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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Offers Rewards for Information in Four Unsolved Cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for the following four unsolved cases in California. The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered: On December 29, 2007, […]

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