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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 24, 2010
Schwarzenegger tees off on public employee unions

103116508JS002_GOV_SCHWARZE.JPGOver at our sister blog, Capitol Alert, Bee Capitol Bureau colleague Keven Yamamura has a report on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's comments about public employee unions at an event in Goleta.

Here's the top of Kevin's report:

The closer Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets to leaving office and the longer the budget stalemate drags out, the more frank he seems to become.

Speaking today at the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Republican governor had no qualms about attacking public employee unions, whom he blamed for high costs everywhere in government.

In a perfect Schwarzenegger world, courtroom cameras would replace court reporters, courthouses would use private security guards and schools would hire local gardeners rather than union employees to mow the lawn.

Click here to read the rest of, "Schwarzenegger shoots from the hip with business leaders."

PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks Aug. 6 in Santa Clara in front of a chart showing the difference between public and private sector job losses during a two-year period. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

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