The editorial triggered a sharp response from the Schwarzenegger administration. The governor's Cal-EPA secretary, Linda Adams, wrote on Dec. 7 that The Bee had "done a disservice to the people of California" by calling for the board's elimination. She also had this to say:
I applaud the board's leadership, legislative and gubernatorial appointees alike, who have worked together and brought bipartisan solutions to our environmental challenges. The work of the board and its staff is an admirable reflection of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's commitment to protect our environment and the people of California.
Apparently the governor's commitment isn't all that strong, at least to the Integrated Waste Management Board. In his budget today, he proposed eliminating the board.
No word yet on whether Linda Adams will now send the governor a letter saying he has "done a disservice to the people of California."
The Governor is absolutely committed to protecting the environment. His proposal to eliminate the board is reflective of his commitment to making government more efficient. Waste management is important to environmental protection and the board's functions will continue, only in a more efficient way.