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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says 'Twins 2' Is Really Happening

From the files of the movie sequels you never knew you wanted to be made (and may still not want to) comes this tidbit from Arnold Schwarzengger, who said today there will be a "Twins 2."

Making the 405 Freeway Double-Decker Remains an Option to Improve Traffic in the Sepulveda Pass

What is your dream vision for making traffic better through the Sepulveda Pass on the 405 Freeway? One leading concept is to "double deck" the freeway, as in build another freeway on top of the current one.

Manson Family Member Bruce Davis Granted Parole (Again)

For the second time in less than three years, The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) issued a grant of parole today to Bruce Davis, a former "Manson Family" member. This was Davis' 27th parole suitability hearing, according to the CDCR.

Steve Bridges, Comedian Best Known for George W. Bush Impersonation, Found Dead in His L.A. Home

Steve Bridges, a comedian and actor known for his impersonation of George W. Bush and other political figures, was found dead Saturday in his Los Angeles home. He was 48. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bridges had just recently come back to L.A. after a trip to China where he had been performing.

Is Maria Shriver Rethinking Her Divorce From Arnold Schwarzenegger?

What do Catholicism and wooing have in common? If we are to believe a report today by TMZ, they are two of the reasons Maria Shriver is citing for contemplating staying married to estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger.

State to Enforce Foie Gras Ban Next Year, Some Chefs Say They'll Break the Law

California became the first state to ban foie gras back in 2004, but the law will not be enforced until next year. In July 2012, "duck liver cannot be served throughout the state if the duck was force fed, which is the method used by duck raisers for the liver to become fatty," explains AHN. Not all chefs are on board with the ban, though.

Weekend Movie Guide 08/19: Blood Spillers & Blood Suckers

It's a remake rumble this weekend, as two R-rated redos go toe to toe. Lionsgate comes out swinging with Conan the Barbarian, while Dreamworks & Disney don't want you to sleep on Fright Night.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Wears 'I SURVIVED MARIA' T-Shirt Out For A Bike Ride

Arnold Schwarzenegger finally answered a big one. Question: When does a fashion faux pas become a fashion F-you? Answer: When a husband wears a t-shirt out in public that says "I SURVIVED MARIA" with the dates of their marriage written on the back while attempting to settle divorce proceedings with his betrayed wife who discovered he fathered a child with another woman.

Christopher Schwarzenegger Improving After Boogie-Boarding Accident

After being injured in a boogie-boarding accident, Christopher Schwarzenegger, the 13-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, is improving, reports the Daily News. Christopher was injured earlier this week in Malibu, when he reportedly suffered broken bones and a collapsed rib. Shriver was with him and called 911.

Youngest Son of Schwarzenegger and Shriver in Serious Surfing Accident

Christopher Schwarzenegger, the youngest child of divorcing couple Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, remains hospitalized after being involved in a serious surfing accident. The accident took place last weekend in Malibu, says TMZ, who report that Christopher, 13, suffered "multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung."

More Acrimony, Less Alimony? Schwarzenegger Not Into Paying Shriver Support, Legal Fees

Our once idyllic Governor and First Lady are now just two more players in the divorce game, and things don't seem to be getting any prettier. According to papers filed with the courts, Arnold Schwarzenegger has indicated he's not willing to pay spousal support or attorney's fees for his estranged wife, Maria Shriver.

Supreme Court Rules CA Violent Video Game Sale Ban Unconstitutional

A ruling today by the Supreme Court may be felt as a loss for California Governor Jerry Brown, but a boon for youngsters with a love of video games and some cash in pocket. A 7-2 ruling made today "determined that California’s 2005 violent video game restrictions violated free speech rights protected by the First Amendment," according to the Sacramento Bee. In his former post as state Attorney General, Brown had championed the ban...

Oops, He Did it Again: Schwarzenegger Not Being Investigated by Attorney General

After rumors ran rampant yesterday with the news that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was being investigated by the California Attorney General, KABC reports that no such investigation is, or every was, underway: "Sources close to California Attorney General Kamala Harris said no such investigation is under way, and Schwarzenegger's attorney Martin Singer confirmed the news saying, 'The AG's office informed us that there was never any investigation over this tabloid story.'"

Extra, Extra

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Did Maria Shriver's People Leak the Schwarzenegger Spawngate Story?

Maria Shriver kisses hubby Arnold Schwazenegger after he is sworn in a Governor (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Rumor has it Maria Shriver had been dishing to close pals for some time about wanting out of her marriage to action star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. As the gossip churns, TMZ reports today that it was actually the Shriver camp who leaked the intel about Schwarzenegger's affair and son with the onetime family housekeeper. Reportedly...

Identity of Schwarzenegger Spawngate Staffer Revealed

Mildred "Patty" Baena (via MySpace) In a "world exclusive" report, tabloid site RadarOnline has revealed the identity of the staffer with whom former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a son. Her name is Mildred Patricia Baena, she goes by the name Patty, she is 50 years old, and her son was born about 14 years ago. Baena was employed for 20 years as a housekeeper in the home Schwarzenegger shared with his wife, Maria...

Schwarzenegger Admits He Fathered Child With Longtime Household Staffer

The Sperminator? The Inseminator? Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger now has a slew of new nicknames in the wake of the revelation this morning by the Los Angeles Times that the actor-politician fathered a child out of wedlock with a woman employed in the home he shared with his now-estranged wife Maria Shriver.

Shriver Issues Terse Statement In Wake of Schwarzenegger's Big Baby Daddy News

Maria Shriver has issued a brief statement published by People.com regarding the news that her now-estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted he fathered a child out of wedlock a decade ago.

Your Midday Media Roundup: Schwarzenegger-Staffer Spawngate Edition

Hey, kids--did you hear that former California Governator Ahhhhnold Schwarzenegger knocked up an employee and kept it secret from his wife for ten years? Obviously the media is abuzz today with the news, and because we can't possibly cover it all, we present to you this mini-roundup to help point you towards the Schwazenegger-Staffer Spawngate news you might want to read. - According to TMZ, "Arnold Used Santa Monica Office for Romantic Liaisons." Allegedly,...

Arnold Schwarzenegger Can Finally Take Off His Serious Face

Photo by Caitlyn Willows via Flickr It looks like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to be as happy to throw off the shackles of political responsibility as former president George W. Bush was when he could finally get the eff out of the White House. Variety reports that Schwarzenegger tweeted the following about his intentions to go back to Hollywood: "Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when...

Schwarzenegger's Father-In-Law, Sargent Shriver, Dies

California's just-exited Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's father-in-law, Robert Sargent Shriver, has died, the Sacramento Bee reports. Shriver, father to Maria, had a long political career and is part of the Kennedy family, through his marriage to Eunice Kennedy. He was "the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and as the Democratic Party's replacement candidate for U.S. vice president [...] during the 1972 U.S. presidential election." Shriver was 95....

Arnie Reduces Nuñez Sentence, Victim's Family Outraged

With only a few hours left as California's Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of Esteban Nuñez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, from 16 years to 7 years. according to the LA Times. Esteban Nuñez received a 16 year prison sentence in May when he plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing death of college student Luis Santos in San Diego. Schwarzenegger...

Streisand Among New Inductees into California Hall of Fame

"Papa can you hear me? I'm a hall of famer!" In a ceremony held yesterday in Sacramento, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver presided over the induction of four new famous folk into the California Hall of Fame. Joining the iconic songstress/actor/director in receiving the honor were Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, director James Cameron, and tennis star Serena Williams. "The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor people who've...

Schwarzenegger Voted 'Yes' for 1 of the 9 Props

Although Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to reveal who he voted to take his job, so far he's only announced his positions on the nine propositions. The only "yes" he casted was for Proposition 20, the California Congressional Redistricting Initiative. Regarding the gubernatorial race, “Congratulations to Attorney General Jerry Brown on his hard-fought campaign and his victory tonight," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Jerry has demonstrated his commitment to the people of California throughout a...

Who did Schwarzenegger Vote for to Get His Job?

This morning Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger cast his ballot in Brentwood at his polling place at Kenter Canyon Elementary. The lame duck state leader remained silent, however, when it came to the issue of who he voted for to get his job. Eschewing the option to endorse a candidate, Schwarzenegger left his fellow Republican Meg Whitman out in the cold, along with her front-runner opponent, former Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, during the course of the...

How to Watch: Brown, Whitman and Schwarzenegger to Speak in Long Beach Today

A little joke (or not) about today's event | Photo by KQED_Capnotes on Twitter Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman along with the man who holds the job they both want will take the stage at The Women's Conference in Long Beach this afternoon. It's not slated as a debate, more as a panel conversation, but with a week until election day, it's be surprising if there wasn't some sparring. What also could...

Will Brown and Whitman Stop the Negative Ads? Issue Dominates Women's Conference Discussion

Okay, that was fun. Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman sat down for a chat this afternoon at The Women's Conference in Long Beach. "The Today Show" host Matt Lauer led the discussion along with Governor Arnold...

Life after Public Office: Schwarzenegger Plans Autobiography

Yups, that's what he said today in a live video Q&A with his Twitter followers. "I'm sure I'll write a book or two," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to the Sacramento Bee. Whether or not he act again would depend on the script or other factors. And apparently, he's a big chess fan, staying up to 2 a.m. playing with friends....

Schwarzenegger Signs State Budget, Vetoes Close to $1 Billion

After a successful marathon overnight session by the state's legislators to propose a state budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finally gave his approval with his signature this evening, ending the longest California has every been without one (100 days!). In it, he approved of $87.5 billion and vetoed $962 million in 23 line items. "The vetoes included $366 million from CalWorks, the state's welfare-to-work program, and $256 million from subsidized child care," explained the Sacramento...

100 Days Later, California's Legislature Finally Passes a State Budget

On the 100th day of the fiscal year, the California legislature finally approved a budget after both houses suffered through overnight sessions lasting more than 20 hours. The Assembly approved the $87.5 billion spending plan before 6 a.m. and the Senate at 8:25 a.m. In theory, the budget will fix the state's $19 billion budget shortfall, but with projections -- some are calling these overly optimistic -- that rely on taxpayer revenues and money...

Schwarzenegger Vetoed Lowering Fines for 'California Stops' at Photo Enforcement Intersections

Among the many bills Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger approved and vetoed was one that would have significantly lowered the fine for drivers caught on camera slowly blowing a red light to make a right-hand turn. If approved, the fine would have dropped from $450 to $219, which is the fine given to motorist caught running a stop sign, according to the Mercury News. "A driver running a red light, whether they are traveling straight or...

California, We Have a Budget!

After a 93-day impasse, California lawmakers and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reached an agreement last night on a budget, according to the Sacramento Bee. The "handshake deal" was reached after a five-hour meeting. "No details were released on how the state plans to bridge a $19 billion deficit, as legislative leaders left the governor’s office in the Capitol," notes the AP as published by CBS. The 93-day budget-less gap surpassed the record previously set in 2008...

Schwarzenegger Signs Paparazzi Bill into Law

Photo by pointnshoot via Flickr California's celebrity governor had no problem signing this bill into law yesterday. AB 2479 by Karen Bass (D - Los Angeles) takes some illegal tactics used by paparazzi and upgrades them to misdemeanors. "Existing law makes it a crime to willfully interfere with the driver of a vehicle or with the mechanism thereof so as to affect the driver's control of the vehicle, to follow another vehicle more closely...

Carrying 1 Ounce of Marijuana will be an Infraction

Get caught with marijuana these days and you might be in big trouble, but beginning next January, getting busted over one ounce or less and will be an infraction instead of the current misdemeanor punishment, according to the LA Times. That means no court cases and no jail time, but the fine would stay at up to $100. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill last night, but opposes Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana...

China and Japan Want to Build and Finance California's High Speed Rail System

Before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves office this year, he'd like to leave a legacy and one that isn't poisoned by that "deficit" word. Too late on that one. He could, however, leave somewhat of a mark on the development of high speed rail. At the very least, he's trying really hard. Back in June he announced a vision of having a demonstration high speed line between L.A. and San Diego by year's end. Talk of...

Schwarzenegger Pokes Fun at Sarah Palin on Twitter

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is China-bound and yesterday made an observation while flying over Alaska. "Over Anchorage, AK. Looking everywhere but can't see Russia from here. Will keep you updated as search continues," he tweeted in reference to Sarah Palin, noted LA Observed. Awesome (but doesn't make up for the fact that the state is in dire straights). During the 2008 presidential campaign, the vice president candidate Palin claimed she had foreign policy experience in...

Schwarzenegger: Eat Local, California Eggs are Safe

Left to Right: Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura. | Photo via the Governor's Office Last month's major recall of Iowa-produced eggs has consumers wary of just about all eggs found on grocery store shelves. That's why Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (or SchwarzenEGGer -- we couldn't resist) today dropped by a Sacramento supermarket to assure Californians that eggs from the Golden State are a-okay....

California Fails to Approve Plastic Bag Ban [Updated]

>Single-use bags like this plastic one would be banned from a majority of stores in California under Assembly Bill 1998 | Photo by cuttlefish via Flickr A state bill that sought to ban plastic and other single-use bags from supermarkets and other retailers in California failed to garner approval in a late-night Senate vote Tuesday evening. Bill author Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D - Santa Monica) and sponsor Heal the Bay's goal with Assembly Bill...

40,000 More Solo Drivers Allowed to Use Carpool Lanes

Spotted Monday on a GMC Envoy in North Hollywood. Funny sticker, but a solo driver in this vehicle still cannot use carpool lanes. | Photo by Boris Zelkin/The Playground While state politicians were wrapping up the penultimate day of the this year's legislative session, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took the time to sign two bills into law. One of them was San Francisco Leland Yee's carpool lane bill. Senate Bill 535 "extends the lifespan of...

Found in L.A: Parking Meter Activism

Photo by Lord Jim via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It's street political activism at its best and we're sure many of you agree with this sign that covers a Los Angeles city meter found by LAist Featured Photos contributor Lord Jim. "Stop Feeding Your Government, What Have They Done to Feed You?" reads the sign that shows a fist inside the mouth of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. But no matter how one feels about...

California's Unemployment Plateaus, Still 3rd Highest Rate in U.S.

There were basically no changes in California's unemployment rate from June to July, which is holding steady at 12.3%, California's Employment Development Department announced today. But in Los Angeles County, the rate increased from 12.3% to 13.4%. Statewide,9,400 jobs were lost, most in the government sector thanks to Census workers jobs ending, but the private sector grew by 13,700 jobs. L.A. County has a total laborforce of 4,906,300 people with 655,100 of them unemployed...

California Becomes First State to Deploy National Guard Troops to Border

Photo via the Governor's office Today Governor Guard Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the California National, deployed the first group of national guard troops to the Mexico border. They are the first to head to the border as part of President Barack Obama's plan to send 1,200 troops to the Southwest border. "Today, our National Guard has been called to help secure the border and protect the safety of the American...

Let Gays Marry Now, Say Schwarzenegger and Brown to Judge

Now that Prop 8 has been overruled in a federal district court, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown are voicing their opposition to a stay, which is keeping the ban on gay marriages in effect. Judge Vaughn Walker granted the hold on his ruling to accept arguments from gay marriage foes this morning. Schwarzenegger's briefing said that Prop 8 supporters "argue a stay is necessary because issuing gender-neutral marriage licenses will 'place...

Prop 8 Overturned: What They're Saying...

As soon as news broke that Prop 8 was overturned, statements from politicians and organization lit up e-mail boxes across the country with statements and reactions. Here's a sampling: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Judge Walker had the great responsibility of deciding whether Proposition 8 violates the Constitution of the United States. He heard in-depth arguments from both sides on fundamental questions of due process, equal protection and freedom from discrimination. There are strong feelings on...

Poll: California Political Races for Governor and Senator Are Close Calls

Like the Field Polls released earlier this month, the environmental polls released today by the Pubic Policy Institute of California (PPIC), also show that races for top ticket seats on the November Ballot are close. In the gubernatorial race, Democrat and Attorney General Jerry Brown leads Republican and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman by three points (37% to her 34%). "Of those saying that a candidate’s environmental positions are very important in determining their...

No More Carpool Lane for California's Hybrid Drivers

Photo by billaday via Flickr Attention Prius and other hybrid vehicle drivers who rock the carpool lane solo thanks to that special set of yellow stickers on your car: Those days are numbered. Per GOOD:Governor Schwarzenegger just signed a bill that changes things. As of December 31, hybrid drivers with the yellow HOV stickers will be stripped of their special privileges. Drivers with the extra-special white HOV stickers (which are reserved for Teslas and...

Schwarzenegger Orders Minimum Wage Salaries for State Workers [Updated]

Drama in Sacramento and workers around the state. With no budget enacted -- it was due today -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this afternoon has ordered that wages for state workers, save for 37,000 union employees involved in tentative union agreements, be reduced to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. He can do that? Apparently. "In 2003, the California Supreme Court said the state can withhold pay to the federal minimum until there's money appropriated...

Schwarzenegger Appoints 11, Mostly Democrat, L.A. County Judges

Today, Governor Schwarzenegger is appointing judges around the state, filling vacated spots. Of the eleven announced today for Los Angeles County, eight are Democrats, two are Republicans and one is decline to state. Each are paid a salary of $178,789, which does not include the benefits they get from the county, as alleged by Richard Fine. Because judges are rarely reported on, LAist has made this gallery of photos with biographies provided by the Governor's...

Schwarzenegger Lauds Million Plates Campaign for the Arts With Music Heavies in L.A.

Photo: Peter Grigsby, Office of the Governor State budget troubles mean less support for programs in our schools, and of those programs, the arts is usually first to go. The Million Plates Campaign, backed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, aims to support funding for the arts in California through the sale of specialty "arts" license plates. Schwarzenegger and his wife, First Lady Maria Shriver, were on hand yesterday at Fox Studios in Los Angeles to...

State Democrats Want to Tax Oil Production, but will Schwarzenegger Slip their Way?

An oil drill in Baldwin Hills | Photo by Jonathan Alcorn (Sundogg) via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Surprise, surprise. Cash-strapped California is the only of the 22 major oil states that do not tax companies for taking the black gold out of the ground. Now with the BP oil spill in the Gulf and Prop 23 at the public forefront, Democrats this Summer have crafted two budget proposals that put an oil production...

Congress Cuts High Speed Rail Funding, California Calls for it to be Restored

The plan in Congress was to put aside $4 billion for high speed rail in 2011 federal appropriations, but it's been cut by 62%, down to $2.5 billion. Tomorrow, a group of Southern California leaders are coming together to rally for that funding restoration.

Schwarzenegger Calls Oil Company Ballot Measure 'Greedy'

Governor Arnold Schwarzengger was quick to make a statement last night after the oil-company funded ballot measure that would weaken California's landmark air pollution bill officially made the ballot. "“This initiative sponsored by greedy Texas oil companies would cripple California’s fastest growing economic sector, reverse our renewable energy policy and decimate our environmental progress for the benefit of these oil companies’ profit margins," he said in a statement. "I will not allow this to...

Schwarzenegger Needed Ballot 'Do-Over' After Voting Flub

The Governor of California ran into some trouble yesterday while casting his ballot in the Statewide Direct Primary. After filling out his ballot at Kenter Canyon Elementary School, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger found it was rejected by the machine since he'd mistakenly marked votes for two Republican Senate candidates, explains KTLA. Pollworker Keta Hodgson explained the issue to Schwarzenegger, and offered him the option to override the rejection and have his Senate vote not be...

Universal Studios Hollywood Re-Opens Backlot After Massive 2008 Fire

It was almost two years ago to the day when a fire broke out on the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood that tore through historic sets used in countless productions and seen by millions of tourists over decades. The blaze destroyed significant portions of the studio backlot and forced the retooling of some segments of the popular tram tour. Now the rebuilding of the backlot sets has been completed, and today the updated New...

Los Angeles Will Celebrate the First Ever 'Harvey Milk Day' Tomorrow

In honor of what would have been Harvey Milk’s 80th birthday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared tomorrow to be the first ever “Harvey Milk Day.” The day will be celebrated with special appearances, demonstrations, BBQ’s, and events all over Los Angeles County. The official celebration will take place at Madame Tussauds with special appearances from Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk’s nephew, and comedian Bruce Vilanch. Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow volunteers will also gather at...

Anti-War T-Shirt Prompts Law that Schwarzenegger Signs

Detail of the T-Shirt in Question A famous celebrity's name is protected for 70 years after death. That's because a "deceased personality," as state law calls them, has commercial value, thus the use of their voice, signature, photograph, or likeness in products and advertising is verboten unless permission by the family is given. Those laws don't apply to regular people, even if their death made them famous -- the law only applied to those...

Schwarzenegger Proposes $12.4 Billion in Cuts to Help a 'Fruit'-less California Economy

Schwarzenegger presents his "May Revise" Budget (Photo by Justin Short, Office of the Governor) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presented his new state budget, called the "May Revise," yesterday, which includes several "severe cuts" to programs and funding he believes will help solve the budget crisis. Schwarzenegger said he believes "hat the budget should be a reflection of what we in California value most and also it should be a representation of what our administration stands...

State Parks & Beaches Smoking Ban Vetoed by Schwarzenegger

Photo by puzzlement via Flickr As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting cheers from some in the environmental community for backing down from offshore drilling, he's not winning those fans over his latest veto. This afternoon he decided against a bill that would ban smoking in state parks and beaches. "First, I believe this bill is an improper intrusion of government into people’s lives," Schwarzengger wrote in his veto message. "I have supported laws in...

In Wake of Gulf Oil Spill, Schwarzenegger Withdraws Plans for Santa Barbara Coast Offshore Drilling

Off the coast of Santa Barbara | Photo by bossco via Flickr The news last week was abuzz with how the massive oil spill in the Gulf would impact President Barack Obama's plans for offshore drilling. There's no final word from the White House on the issue yet, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his today. "I think that we all go through the endless amount of studies and research and everything, and before you...

Schwarzenegger Reverses Position (Again) Backs Federal Health Care

It was back in October when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was supporting President Barack Obama's healthcare push. "Our principal goals, slowing the growth in costs, enhancing the quality of care delivered, improving the lives..."

Schwarzenegger for President?

Last night on Jay Leno, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked if he would run for President if the law were to be changed. "Without any doubt," he said. But as the Associated Press explains, that's not a likely scenario: "Any amendment to the Constitution must be approved by two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate, and then be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures."...

Early Release Program Puts Violent Criminals Back on the Street

Inside Alcatraz | Photo by bdearth via Flickr The Los Angeles Newspaper Group, owners of the Daily News and various other local papers, today is calling it like it is when talking about California's budget-saving early release prisoner program. Their editorial lede: "As evidence that the state simply has lost the ability to govern effectively, the early release program for prison inmates already is off track." Ooof. When Governor Arnold Scwharzenegger and former Assembly...

State GOP Hopefuls Urge California to File Suit Against Health Care Legislation

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday said the national healthcare plan could cost California billions. Gubernatorial hopeful and current Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner also chimed in with similar sentiments, followed by his Republican opponent Meg Whitman. And so are the three Republicans seeking to replace Senator Barbara Boxer in the November election. And if California is going to officially challenge Obama and congress on the landmark legislation, Republicans are going to have to get through to...

Schwarzenegger, Legislature at Odds on Cutting Public Transit Funding

It's not that one side is not planning to save or even increase public transit funding, it's that they are cutting it and disagree by how much, according to the LA Times. In his budget plan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed eliminating public transit funding via the state's voter-approved gasoline tax and then replacing it with a new tax to help solve the state's budget crisis. In the end, drivers would pay about 5-cents less per...

Forget a Train, Schwarzenegger Wants the 405 Fwy to be Double Deckered

Image via KTLA Nevermind that the 30 year vision of regional transportation includes bridging the San Fernando Valley with the L.A. Basin via rail or rapid transit, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is dreaming of a two-story 405 freeway. Speaking yesterday at a press conference celebrating the massive 405 car pool lane project that recently began, he said " hopefully, eventually, we will build on top of the 405 Freeway because I think we need another...

Officials Considering Doubling Number of Red Light Cameras

Photo by TheTruthAbout... via Flickr The city could soon be bringing in more much-needed revenue if they follow through on discussions to expand the current red light camera program, according to the LA Times. Over the next few months LA's motorists could see cameras added to "blocks of eight intersections at a time and eventually doubling the overall reach of the program to 64 intersections." The city's return on investment in the program and...

DNA Rape Kit Backlog, Release of Prisoners to be Hot Topics at City Public Safety Panel Today [Updated]

Photo by seantoyer via Flickr Thousands of rape kits waiting to be DNA tested and the ominous threat that 40,000 prisoners will be released onto the streets are expected to be dominating issues at today's Public Safety Committee of the Los Angeles City Council. Back in the fall of 2008, nearly 7,000 rape kits sat on LAPD evidence shelves waiting to be tested for DNA. The unwieldy backlog gained the public's attention and the...

Schwarzenegger: Fund State Parks via Offshore Oil Money

Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, brought to you by Offshore Drilling? | Photo by andrew davidoff via Flickr For once, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger laid out a budget proposal that does not cut money from state parks. That sounds great, however, it's one of those tricky smoke and mirrors ideas--he'll fund state parks using offshore oil money, says Traci Verardo-Torres of the California State Parks Foundation. "The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) rejects the Governor’s...

Schwarzenegger: Balance the Budget with Speed Camera Tickets

As part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget proposal, which includes offshore oil drilling to fund state parks, he included an idea that would enable cameras at intersections not just catch red light violators, but speeders, too. If passed, cities and counties would be able to install a speed sensor, says the LA Times. "Those whizzing by the detectors up to 15 mph above the limit would have to fork over $225 per violation," the...

Watch Schwarzenegger's State of the State at 10 a.m. Online

Lame duck Governor Schwarzenegger today will give his last State of the State speech and it won't be sexy. Faced with a $20.7 billion deficit and 12.3% unemployment, he will hopefully lay out plans that will truly put California back on the right track. Here's out the San Francisco Chronicle recaps the past 12 months: "The state issued IOUs to vendors and taxpayers; halted construction of thousands of projects for months..."

Does Schwarzenegger Hate Public Transit?

After the Governor tried to raid public transit funds and was stopped by the courts, he's after the money again, but with a different shell game. As pointed out by Damien Newton at Streestblog LA, the LA Times reports that "the governor would eliminate the sales tax on gas and, at the same time, impose a new per-gallon excise tax. Drivers would pay about 5 cents less per gallon at the pump. The excise...

Again? State Budget Faces $21 Billion Projected Deficit

Billions taken healthcare and education, a 32 percent hike under consideration in the University system, the list could go on. The big question is, after this year, what more is there to cut? It's an especially important question considering a new projected deficit puts California almost back in the same spot when dealing with this year's budget. A report to be released today by the state's chief budget analyst says California's projected budget deficit is...

More State Budget Drama on the Way

The state is already looking at a $5 to $7 billion budget deficit for this fiscal year. Next year, another $7 billion. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will reveal his solutions in January, but today answered questions from the press, according to the LA Times. “I think there will be across-the-board cuts again. We are not going to go and pick and choose [ between programs]. I think that we always have to go and cut...

Video: Colbert Names Schwarzenegger 'Alpha Dog of the Week'

We're a joke, so it's time to laugh at ourselves, California. Last night the Colbert Report took on Schwarzenegger, making fun of our Governor's adorable breakfast photo on Twitter and his letter to Assemblyman Tom Ammiano that contained a hidden "fuck you."

Secret Message to the Guvernator: Grow Up Girlie Man

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently slipped in an embedded and hidden "fuck you" in a veto message to San Francisco Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and now the San Francisco Chronicle is taking a stab back. A hidden message in their in-print editorial today reads "Grow Up Girlie Man." And maybe the state's frat boy squad can get back to work now. (h/t LAObserved)...

Topanga, Malibu Creek & 5 Other Local State Parks Affected by Service Cuts

When Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger saved state parks from closing, it didn't mean he saved them from service cuts. Today, state park officials announced how they would deal with a $14.2 million budget cut: Superintendents for each district (for example, many of L.A.'s nearby parks are in the Angeles District, beaches in the OC and Ventura County are in the Orange Coast and Channel Coast districts, respectively) had to share the sacrifice and find cuts on a park-by-park basis.

Schwarzenegger Expected to Sign Domestic Violence Legislation

After wiping out 100 percent of domestic violence funds in the state budget over the summer, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign a bill tomorrow that will restore funding....

New Colloquialism? Driving, Talking on Cell Phone = 'Pulling a Shriver'

Via TMZ TMZ caught pop-singer Brandy yesterday illegally using her cell phone while driving. And then they called it pulling a Shriver, thanks to Califonia's First Lady who last week was caught a number of times breaking the law her hubby signed into law. Shriver apologized, but this may be her legacy, at least in pop culture. We'll see if this phrase actually catches on (Maria should truly be noted for her work on...

Hello, NFL Stadium: Schwarzenegger Expected to Sign Stadium Bill

Tomorrow, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the bill that will exempt developers of the proposed NFL stadium from some environmental laws, reports James Wagner at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Once the law goes into affect, Ed Roski's Majestic Realty will be able to break ground on the 600-acre project, which has been delayed a year and one half. The 75,000-seat stadium in the city of Industry near the 57 and 60...

Senate Approves Environmental Exemptions for NFL Stadium. Hello, Raiders?

Watch out, Los Angeles. We might be having a Raider Nation soon enough (or hey, maybe even get back the Chargers). In a legislative session yesterday, the state's senate approved a bill that "would grant the 75,000-seat stadium project an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act, the environmental law that governs development," according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Maria Shriver Apologizes About Breaking Cell Phone Driving Law

"Breaking News" photo courtesy of TMZ After being caught not once, not twice, but thrice, California's First Lady Maria Shriver apologized today for breaking the cell phone while driving law. Her brief statement: I’m sorry. I will be donating my favorite old cell phone to my Women’s Conference partner Verizon through their HopeLine program that helps domestic violence shelters. I invite anyone else who wants to recycle their old phone to join me. That’s...

Field Poll Says Approval Rating of Legislature at a Sad 13%

That's the lowest approval rating of the Legislature from registered voters in the Field Poll's 26-year history. And that's not the only record broken. He may eat adorable breakfasts, but that's not going to save Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's 27 percent rating, the lowest since he entered office (and a number only found back in 1961 with Pat Brown). But still, he isn't the governor with the worst approval rating, that goes to Gray Davis (22%)...

Schwarzenegger Signs 2 Gay Rights Bills

Among the hundreds of bills signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last night, two gay rights ones were authored by San Francisco's Senator Mark Leno. One names May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day and the other recognizes same-sex marriages from other states by providing "the same legal protections that would otherwise be available to couples that enter into civil unions or domestic partnerships out-of-state," according to the bill's language. "In short, this measure honors the...

Schwarzenegger Vetoes 710 Freeway Bill

Photo by bossco via Flickr Governor Arnold Scwharzenegger last night vetoed a bill that would have limited the options of completing the 710 Freeway, which is considered the missing link of the regional freeway system, according to the L.A. Times. If signed, the bill would have stopped any possibility of a surface route, therefore increasing chances of a 4.5-mile tunnel under South Pasadena, connecting to the 134/210 freeway exchange. "There is absolutely no need...

Does Schwarzenegger Eat a Happier Breakfast Than You?

This might top that knife-yielding video of his from the Summer. On Friday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger twitpic'd the above image and said "This is how I start my day." He may be part of the major political destruction of California, but he gains at least one adorable point with us. And question... did Maria make that for him? Random Sort-of Related Link: We still prefer our oatmeal cold and raw...

Tougher Anti-Paparazzi Measure Aimed at Media Signed by Schwarzenegger

Photo by adactio via Flickr Among the various laws signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday was one strengthening an already existing law aimed at paparazzi. "To curtail the potentially harmful situations and other problems created by out of control paparazzi, AB 524 extends the 'invasion of privacy' laws to persons that purchase, publish, and print images or recordings of individuals, if these persons knew that the images or recordings were obtained illegal," according to...

Schwarzenegger Approved Gay Rights Bills, But Not Transgender Ones

Although two major gay rights bills were signed by Governor Schwarzenegger this weekend, two dealing with transgender issues were vetoed. One would have aided transgender people to revise their birth certificates and the other would have provided protections for transgender people in prison. "AB 1185 will allow individuals who were born in California but are now living elsewhere and have surgically changed their gender, to obtain a revised birth certificate that indicates their new...

Are State Parks Actually Saved? There's Spin Behind Schwarzenegger's Announcement, Says Advocates

At the Salton Sea State Recreation Area | Photo by doisneau via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the California State Parks Foundation, is calling bullshit on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's announcement that state parks are saved. No details beyond the announcement have been released since last Friday, but Goldstein says read between the lines: The really damning thing is that all of these "solutions" were things the Department was thinking about...

Schwarzenegger's Budget Cuts to Domestic Violence Has Closed 6 Shelters So Far

Photo by Nathalie_Renaud via Flickr State Parks are not closing after all, but at least six domestic violence shelters around the state have closed due to a small, but devastating budget cut by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over the summer. That's according to the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley, which came close to being the seventh such closure. With half of their funding cut, the center asked for the community's help and...

Good News Friday: State Parks Will Not Close!

A surprise announcement from state officials came this afternoon in the form of no state park closures. Wow. A big improvement from the original proposal to close 80 percent of parks last Spring, which eventually was weeded down to 100 park closures in the summer. As state park officials worked on a closure list, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped in with renewed interest this week, offering assistance in the form of experts from the Department of Finance.

California to Ask for $4.5 Billion in High Speed Rail Stimulus Funds

With the feds yearning to give away $8 billion in Recovery Act money to states for high-speed train development, California officials today prepared to submit an application asking for more than half of that. "California is a leading contender for this federal funding because our true high-speed rail system is further along than any other project in the country," said California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Curt Pringle. "Plus, we can double the value of...

Schwarzenegger to Consider 2 Bills that Would Protect State Parks

Walking the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California | Photo by paulhami via Flickr Among the many bills approved by the legislature and sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for approval are two state parks bills. They have nothing to do with the possible closures and in fact, they were introduced long before any one would have thought that hundreds would be threatened during the budget process. "In the midst of the...

Schwarzenegger Takes a Renewed Interest in Saving State Parks

Good news comes today as Governor Arnold Schwarzegger's office announced that that plans to close state parks have changed. Fewer parks will close and plans to release a list of those parks has been dropped. Although the Governor's office is downplaying the shift in direction, the Mercury News juxtaposes it with this point:

List of Park Closures Won't be Released this Week, Says Schwarzenegger Spokesperson

Leo Carillo State Beach is one of the many threatened state parks | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist A spokesman for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said today that the list of parks slated for closure will not be released this week as officials continue to work to save more money, therefore keeping more open, according to John Myers of KQED. "It is a really terrible situation to be in," Schwarzenegger answering a reporter's question at a...

Schwarzenegger Vetoes Renewable Energy Bills, but Mandates His Own Plan

Photo by Pink Dispatcher via Flickr Although the legislature last week approved two bills meant to help California obtain 33 percent renewable energy by 2020--a goal provided in legislation from 2006--Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that he will instead sign an executive order mandating the same goal that will use different methods. A fact everyone can agree on is that the state relies too much on coal-fired plants for energy. AB 64 (Krekorian) and...

The Good & the Bad of Recent Environmental Legislation in Sacramento

Is that smog or fog blocking the Hollywood Sign? | Photo by Clinton Steeds via Flickr As the legislature wrapped up last week, a slew of bills were voted down and voted through to the Governor's desk, many of them dealing with the environment from issues like state parks to air quality and other issues. “From clean air to clean water to protecting open space, the environment was not treated with a lot of...

State Parks Update: Are They Closing or What?

Labor Day weekend at Rock Pool in Malibu Creek State Park | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist State Park officials said today that a closure list will not be released today and will likely come next week. "There is a list and it's being reviewed," explained Sheryl Watson, an Information Officer with California State Parks, over the phone. Amid a mass budget crunch this summer, the legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger slashed the department's budget...

Map: Last Day Before Some State Parks are Expected to Close

No one knows which state parks will close this week and that's a pretty scary reality if you're particularly fond of them. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's fat $39 million cut to parks earlier this summer meant that around 100 parks would close. Earlier this summer, state park officials said they needed time to tinker with the budget to see how many could be saved and how they could save even more by raising fees and partnering with local cities, nonprofits and businesses.

Lowering the Prison Population Could Mean Fewer Firefighters

Interesting fact, via the Disaster Accountability Blog, about how state budget woes and a court order to lower prison population could affect firefighting: According to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation press release, “there are 2,245 adult inmates and 53 Division of Juvenile Justice youth deployed to fires statewide, including Los Angeles, Riverside, and 15 other counties,” under the supervision of “187 correctional officers and supervisors.

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