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59% of Californians Think Schwarzenegger's Made Things Worse
In a field poll published yesterday in the Sacramento Bee, 59% of people statewide believe that California's government is worse than before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took office, with only 7% of registered voters indicating they believe the actor-turned-politician has left "California government in better shape than he found it."
The numbers show displeasure runs steadily across party lines, with 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats reporting a negative outlook. Schwarzenegger, though a Republican, was elected in 2003 "as an outsider under this populist theme," remarks Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. Schwarzenegger had made promises to "clean house" in government and cut through the bureaucracy, and voters were hopeful the one-time movie muscle-man could put the same gusto into making California better.
The main source of discontent is the California budget, which in turn means voter dissatisfaction in the state's cutting of valued programs and resources. The last two years in particular have been dreadful in terms of the budget, and the state "now faces a $19.9 billion deficit through June 2011." Many hold the Governor directly responsible, while a few believe he is just the face of a larger problem and is doing the best he can.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.