Schwarzenegger has appointed Cindy Tuck as chairwoman of the Air Resources Board. Here's an excerpt of her bio from the governor's office.
Tuck has more than 20 years of direct air quality experience in California. She has served as general counsel and manager of the State and Bay Area Air Quality Committees at the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance since 2000 and prior to that she served as a consultant to the Council for three years. From 1993 to 2000 she was an associate with the Law Offices of William J. Thomas. From 1987 to 1993 Tuck served as a government relations advisor to Heron, Burchette, Ruckert & Rothwell, The Gualco Group and Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson. Tuck's experience also includes three years as a civil engineer for the Environmental Services Department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and two years as an environmental engineering research assistant at the University of Illinois. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is registered as a professional engineer in California. She is also a member of the California Climate Action Registry Board.
Posted by dweintraub at 3:30 PM
The Democrats have been promising for weeks to start rolling out specific reform proposals responding to the agenda Gov. Schwarzenegger laid out in January. Today they finally delivered. And it wasn't a very promising start.
The good news is that the Democratic leadership in the Senate acknowledges that removing the job of drawing district lines from the direct hands of the Legislature would be a good thing. The bad news is that their proposal is hardly better than the status quo, and actually would probably be worse.
Under the current rules, at least there is a check and balance between the Legislature and the governor.
Under the Senate Democrat proposal, an amended version of SCA 3, the lines would be drawn by a 7-member commission, with four of the seven members appointed by the legislative leadership. In other words, a majority of the members of the panel would be beholden to the same people who draw the lines now. But there would be no governor to check their work. Only one appointee would be made by the governor. The remaining two would come from the Judicial Council and the president of the University of California.
The proposal's criteria are also thinner than offered in the Costa measure endorsed by Schwarzenegger. There's no requirement to nest two Assembly districts into each Senate district, which is a huge factor in reducing the game-playing. And there's no ban on using political data, voter history and incumbent addresses in the process. Costa bans them all.
Supposedly this is an opening offer from the Democrats. But it looks like just more evidence that they are not serious about reform.
Posted by dweintraub at 2:25 PM
Interesting new Field Poll out today. Interesting like a train wreck. By a two-to-one margin, Californians say they think the state is going in the wrong direction.
The reasons are also interesting. About 28 percent of those who say the state is on the wrong track say they oppose the governor's policy direction. That turns out to be about 16 percent of all those interviewed. Another 23 percent of wrong-trackers, or 14 percent of all those interviewed, said the state's elected officials generally are not doing a good job. The rest cited a variety of ills, from the schools to the economy and immigration.
Of the 28 percent who think things are going swell, about 29 percent cited the economy while 27 percent said they thought the governor was doing a good job. Both those amount to about 8 percent each of the total sample.
Posted by dweintraub at 9:33 AM