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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Provides Constitutional Amendment Language to Increase Higher Education Funding, Shift Funding from Prisons

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Following up on his State of the State proposal to make higher education a priority, yesterday, the Governor has submitted draft legislative language to Legislative Counsel, taking the first step to asking the legislature to reshape California’s priorities and ensure the University of California and California State University systems are always […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Lays out Priorities, Urges Continued Bipartisan Teamwork in State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the California legislature. The Governor reflected on the teamwork that brought California through the worst recession since the Great Depression in 2009 and laid out his vision for California in 2010. “This coming year […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: First, Edna Anderson-Owens, 71, of Burbank, has been reappointed to the California Science Center Board of Directors, where she has served as a member since 2000. She has been senior vice president of West Grand Media since 2000 and co-chief executive officer […]

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Calif. Assemblymember Nava Introduces Oil Industry Fair Share Act

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — On the eve of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s State of the State Address, and the release of his 2010-11 Budget Proposal, Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) introduced today The Oil Industry Fair Share Act. The legislation will establish an oil severance tax of 10% on the gross value of each barrel of […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Lester Snow as Natural Resources Secretary

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Lester Snow as secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency and also thanked Secretary Mike Chrisman who is retiring from state service effective February 1, 2010 for his dedicated years of service. “Throughout the course of my Administration, Lester has used his high-level […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Legislation to Crack Down on DUI Offenders

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) announced he would introduce legislation that would make it more difficult for repeat driving under the influence (DUI) offenders to get their driver’s license back: “I applaud Assemblymember Hill for his efforts to keep our roads safe […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds Action Taken by 11 States to Move Forward with a Low Carbon Fuel Standard

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work toward adopting a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard modeled after California’s first-in-the-world standard: “By working to […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Thanks Congressman George Radanovich for Service to California

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding California Congressman George Radanovich’s (R-Mariposa) announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2010: “Congressman Radanovich has built a notable and distinguished career while representing California and the people of the Central Valley. His 15 years in Congress have been invaluable, and […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Two to Ventura County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointments of Roger L. Lund and William Brennan Lynch to judgeships in the Ventura County Superior Court. Lund, 40, of Camarillo, has served as a court commissioner for the Ventura County Superior Court since 2008. He was a principal and officer for the American Law […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Two to Solano County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointments of John B. Ellis and Timmy P. Kam to judgeships in the Solano County Superior Court. Ellis, 48, of Elk Grove, has served as a chief deputy district attorney since April 2009 and deputy district attorney from 1996 to April 2009 for the Solano […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Six to Santa Clara County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointments of Julia A. Emede, Maureen A. Folan, Daniel T. Nishigaya, Ronald I. Toff, Jesus Valencia Jr. and Theodore C. Zayner to judgeships in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Emede, 48, of San Jose, has been a shareholder for Schlepphorst and Emede since 2001. […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints V. Raymond Swope to San Mateo County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of V. Raymond Swope to a judgeship in the San Mateo County Superior Court. Swope, 57, of Menlo Park, has served as deputy county counsel for the San Mateo Office of County Counsel since 1998. Prior to that, he was an attorney for the […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints William Johnson to San Joaquin County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of William D. Johnson to a judgeship in the San Joaquin County Superior Court. Johnson, 61, of Stockton, has been a staff attorney for McGeorge School of Law, California Parole Advocacy Program since September 2009 and a sole practitioner since 2000. Previously, he was […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces 244 Proposed Renewable Energy Projects Throughout State

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the first comprehensive list of 244 proposed renewable energy projects that could produce up to almost 70,000 megawatts (MW) of clean energy annually, building on California’s aggressive renewable energy goals. These proposed projects throughout the state include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and small hydro facilities and […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Stephen Gallon to Riverside County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Stephen J. Gallon to a judgeship in the Riverside County Superior Court. Gallon, 40, of Temecula, has served as a supervising and senior deputy district attorney for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office since 2003. Prior to that, he served as a deputy […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Two to Orange County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointments of Beatriz M. Gordon and Dennis J. Keough to judgeships in the Orange County Superior Court. Gordon, 38, of Tustin, has served as associate general counsel for Western Dental Services since 2008. Prior to that, she was an attorney for Samuels, Green, Steel and […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Pamela Butler to Monterey County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Pamela L. Butler to a judgeship in the Monterey County Superior Court. Butler, 39, of Carmel, has been a deputy district attorney with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office since 1995. She earned a Master of Law degree from Chapman University, Juris Doctorate […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Donna Tarter to Kings County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Donna L. Tarter to a judgeship in the Kings County Superior Court. Tarter, 53, of Hanford, has served as a contract sole practitioner since 2000 and public defender for Kings County Superior Court since 1993. Previously, she served as coordinating attorney for the […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Two to Kern County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointments of Jose R. Benavides and Susan M. Gill to judgeships in the Kern County Superior Court. Benavides, 53, of Bakersfield, has been a sole practitioner since 1997. Prior to that, he was an associate with Klein, Wegis from 1993 to 1996, partner with Vallejo […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Tricia Bigelow Presiding Justice of Second District Court of Appeal

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Tricia A. Bigelow as presiding justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight. Bigelow, 49, of Pasadena, has served as an associate justice for the Second District Court of Appeal since 2008. Prior to that, she was a judge for the […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Poli Flores Jr. to Imperial County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Poli Flores Jr. to a judgeship in the Imperial County Superior Court. Flores, 54, of Calexico, has served as a court commissioner for the Imperial County Superior Court since 2006. Previously, he was a sole practitioner from 1986 to 2006 and a deputy […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement After U.S. Senate Passes Health Care Reform Legislation

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement on Dec. 24th, urging continued work on health care reform legislation that won’t burden states with unfair costs: “I have long supported fixing our broken health care system with comprehensive reform. But, I still believe both the House and Senate bills fall short and […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Sends Letter to California Congressional Delegation on Health Care Reform Legislation

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of the California Congressional Delegation urging them to not impose new costs on states through unfunded federal mandates in health care reform legislation and stressing that reform will only succeed if Congress gives states, like […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Miramar Marine

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pfc. Serge Kropov of Hawley, PA: “Private First Class Serge Kropov was a brave Marine and his death is a terrible loss for our country and our armed forces. His courageous and selfless service will always be remembered and […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments for 12.22.09

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the following appointments: First, Ronnie Caplane, 61, of Oakland, has been reappointed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, where she has served as a member since 2003. Previously, she was a freelance writer and columnist from 1992 to 2006, a partner for Bruyneel and Caplane from […]

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L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Names Joan Sullivan Deputy Mayor Of Education

LOS ANGELES /California Newswire/ — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday named Joan Sullivan Deputy Mayor of Education. She is the founder of the Bronx Academy of Letters High School in New York City and is currently a member of the Urban Assembly, a non-profit organization that is at the forefront of new school development in the […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces $26.5 Million in Awards to Counties to Combat IHSS Fraud

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Committed to combating fraud within the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and other state officials to announce $26.5 million in awards for up to 45 California counties to assist with investigating fraud, and to better coordinate and share data between […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Applauds CPUC Decision to Approve 4,500 MW Power Project

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Southern California Edison’s request to construct Segments 4-11 of its Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP), which will provide access for up to 4,500 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy generation: “California leads the nation in developing […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Urges World Leaders to Embrace Subnational Leadership in Climate Change Fight

SACRAMENTO and COPENHAGEN /California Newswire/ — Highlighting California’s leadership in combating climate change and growing a green economy, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday addressed delegates from nations, states, provinces and regions from around the world at the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The Governor encouraged commitment and action at regional, national and international […]

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Nava to close loophole in California law in response to Richmond Gang Rape

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Responding to the brutal gang rape incident of a minor in Richmond, California, Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, announced today the introduction of ‘fast track’ legislation, Assembly Bill 984, to close a loophole in state law that will hold witnesses accountable […]

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Nava and California Breast Cancer Survivors Urge State Leaders to Spare Cuts to Breast Cancer Screening

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Assemblymembers Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, health organizations, breast cancer survivors and advocates held a press conference today to express their outrage at the California Department of Public Health’s new directive to shut the doors for breast cancer screening services for […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Appointment of Ana Matosantos as First Latina Finance Director

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today extended his deep felt gratitude to Michael Genest for his service to the people of California. Following Genest announcing his resignation, the Governor announced that he will appoint Ana Matosantos as director of the Department of Finance. “Mike has a long and distinguished career of service to […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Launch of Climate Registered Program at Copenhagen Conference

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after The Climate Registry, joined by several government, environmental and business leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, launched “Climate Registered,” a new program to encourage and showcase voluntary greenhouse gas emission reductions among organizations: “California has led the way […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Groundbreaking Collaboration with Denmark on Green Chemistry

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after his California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Linda Adams and Danish Environmental Minister Troels Lund Poulsen signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish an agreement between California and Denmark to collaborate on green chemistry and share information and findings to implement California’s Green […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Joins Chanukah Celebration at Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and local leaders of the Jewish community today joined Chabad of Sacramento to celebrate Chanukah at the 16th Annual Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony. “As we light this menorah today I encourage all Californians to reflect on its message of light, hope and freedom and to share that message […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger to Promote California’s Leading Green Policies at UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — To highlight California’s leadership in combating climate change and encourage action at all levels of government, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will travel to Copenhagen next week to participate in the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. At the conference, the Governor will meet with officials, leaders and delegates to discuss how California […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Presents Medal of Valor Award to 27 California State Employees

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday presented 27 state employees with the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor award for demonstrating extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism to save the life of another. The Governor also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor program and unveiled a new, […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Election of New Assembly Speaker

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday issued the following statement regarding the election of Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) as speaker of the Assembly and thanked Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) for her service: “Assemblymember John Pérez is an outstanding public servant to the Californians in his district and I congratulate him on […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Proclamation for Special Election to Fill Vacancy in 37th Senate District

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following proclamation today, declaring June 8, 2010 the date for a special election in California’s 37th Senate District (which includes Riverside County and all or portions of the cities of Banning, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Hemet, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm […]

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Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Diesel Vehicle Regulations

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Following a meeting on the state’s landmark Diesel Vehicle regulations yesterday (Dec. 9) by the California Air Resources Board, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement: “With numerous studies and overwhelming evidence on this topic, it is clear responsible action is needed to improve our air quality and protect the health […]

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