Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lowest Approval Rating for California Governor in 50 Years

In a true sign of trouble brewing in California, Governor Schwarzenegger's recent approval ratings were polled at a 50 year low - 27% only taking a backseat to Gray Davis' 22% in 2003. The California legislature got even lower ratings at 13%. These are dismal numbers that reflect voter's frustrations over the mismanagement of California's economy.

There's a good chance Governor Schwarzenegger could become the first governor in US history whose state went bankrupt. Way to go Arnie!

One can observe in the type of laws the Governor signed yesterday as to why California's in trouble:
* Make it a crime, punishable by a fine of up to $50,000, for a person to take and sell unauthorized photos of celebrities and others or their children in "personal or familial activity." AB 524, Assemblywoman Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles.)

* Prohibit elective cosmetic surgery unless the patient first is cleared by a physical examination. AB 1116, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto).

* Proclaim gay rights activist Harvey Milk's May 22 birthday as a day of recognition and encourage schools to consider commemorating his life. SB 54, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

* Create a pilot program in four counties, including Los Angeles, that will permit first-time DUI offenders to drive only if they pass a test on a breath-testing device installed on every vehicle they own. AB 91, Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles).

So these are the kind of laws the legislature's coming up with at this dire time? Harvey Milk day? Cosmetic surgery issues? Celebrity photos?