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December 13, 2006

Guv weighs in on Truckee coal contract

Gov. Schwarzenegger is urging a municipal utility district in Truckee not to sign a 50-year contract for coal-fired power because of the effect on global warming. Here is his letter, via the Sierra Sun.

Posted by dweintraub at 3:18 PM

Health care conversation

Over at our Crossroads/Healthcare sister site, the discussion is getting going on the health care plans put forward this week by Sen. Perata and Kaiser. Come join the fun!

Posted by dweintraub at 1:46 PM

A private sales tax

Here is a short, interesting story from the Sierra Sun about a private, 2 percent sales tax charged by the businesses in the village at the Northstar ski resort. All businesses that go into the development have to agree to collect (or at least pay) the tax on their sales. The money goes to pay for entertainment events in the village. Apparently Squaw Valley has something similar. I know it's common for landlords to charge commercial tenants a portion of revenues as part of the rent, but the twist here is that the retailers openly pass it along to customers and itemize it on their bill.

Posted by dweintraub at 1:19 PM

Musical chairs in guv's office

Gov. Schwarzenegger has reshuffled his senior staff, filling jobs recently vacated and moving some folks around. Here are the details:

Chris Kahn, a lobbyist and former Republican legislative aide and deputy legislative secretary for Pete Wilson, replaces Richard Costigan as legislative secretary. Michael Prosio, who has been a deputy in the office, moves up as chief deputy under Kahn.

Dan Dunmoyer, a former insurance lobbyist and Republican legislative aide who has been a policy adviser to the governor, moves over to become cabinet secretary. Alice Dowdin Cavillo, who was in the appointments unit, moves over to be Dunmoyer's deputy.

Cynthia Bryant, who was deputy legislative secretary, moves up to deputy chief of staff and takes over as director of the office of Planning and Research, where she'll manage policy development for Schwarzenegger. Sean Walsh, who was director of OPR, moves over to the horseshoe as a senior adviser.

Margaret Fortune, who was director of public affairs, shifts to the role of senior adviser.

Newcomer Ross LaJeunesse, who worked for Susan Kennedy at the PUC, comes to Sacramento to join her as a deputy chief of staff.

Luis Portillo, who was a deputy in the office of constituent affairs, moves up to head that unit.

Finally, Daniel Zingale, who is Maria Shriver's chief of staff, gains the new title of senior adviser to the governor.

Posted by dweintraub at 11:19 AM



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