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Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits Child With Staffer

May 17, 2011

According to reports this morning on CNN, Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child, with one of his staffers, more than a decade ago outside of his marriage to Maria Shriver.

From CNN:

“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement obtained by CNN. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”

Schwarzenegger fathered the child with a household staffer, the Times article said. He has provided support for the child since birth, the source told CNN.

The staffer told the newspaper that the child was fathered by her then-husband. She declined to comment after learning of Schwarzenegger’s statement, the newspaper reported.

Gavin Newsom Drops Out of Race for California Governor

October 30, 2009

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced just a short time ago that he is withdrawing from the California governor’s race.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Despite launching his campaign more than a year ago, the 42-year-old Mr. Newsom had been trailing in the polls and in fund raising behind Jerry Brown, the state attorney general. Mr. Brown hasn’t yet declared his candidacy for governor, though he launched an exploratory campaign for the position last month.

Mr. Brown had $7.4 million in campaign cash after the January to June fund-raising period, while Mr. Newsom had only $1.2 million. A Field Poll released earlier this month gave Mr. Brown a 47% to 27% advantage over the San Francisco mayor for the June 2010 Democratic primary.

From Reuters:

“With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to — and should be — done,” Newsom said in a statement.

His withdrawal leaves Jerry Brown, the state’s attorney general and a former governor, as the leading Democratic contender to succeed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is prohibited from running again by California’s term-limits law.

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs New Anti-Paparazzi Law

October 14, 2009

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, of California, has signed a new bill into law that will fine paparazzi for taking photos that invade a celebrity’s right to privacy and also targets media outlets who purchase the photos.

Good! I have to agree with this one. Although I believe that public figures and celebrities have “somewhat” given up their right to privacy, the paparazzi has gotten too far out of hand.

The question is: where does is the line between following celebrity gossip, and the paparazzi, drawn. Should we punish Web sites such as TMZ? Should Perez Hilton not be allowed to speak his views? I think it’s pretty obvious that this law is being put in place to stop the “over the top” incidents that seem to make the news every so often (or every day if you watch the news sometimes).

From CNN:

Throngs of photographers often jockey to get the perfect shot of a celebrity, but that doesn’t mean it’s welcomed. Britney Spears famously had enough one night, taking an umbrella to a photographer’s SUV.

In 1998, Schwarzenegger himself had his car swarmed by paparazzi while he was picking up his child from school.

Jennifer Aniston received $550,000 and an apology from a photographer who used a high-powered telephoto lens to shoot her in the backyard wearing only panties.

While paparazzi may get a bad rap for their methods, celebrity columnist Ben Widdicombe said things are not always what they seem.

“A lot of times the shot you see in the magazine is actually orchestrated by the celebrity themselves,” said celebrity columnist Ben Widdicombe. “Celebrities like Britney Spears, for example, are infamous in the industry for letting their assistants tell the paparazzi when they’ll be leaving the gates.”

Celebrity photos can be big business, especially when it comes to major milestones. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher reportedly pocketed $3 million from OK for their 2005 union. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker received $2 million from OK for photos of their lavish Paris, France, wedding.

California Wildfire Expands

September 23, 2009

Firefighters continue to battle a fire in Southern California that has ripped through the hills and rugged canyons of Ventura Countyand prompted Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency.

From CNN:

By late Tuesday, firefighters — 600 strong — had contained 10 percent of the blaze as lashing flames ravaged 8,500 acres.

The Guiberson fire, as it was named, broke out Tuesday morning between the towns of Fillmore and Moorpark.

By nightfall, the fire had destroyed two outbuildings and threatened 1,000 structures, the county fire department said. Two firefighters were hurt, both suffering heat- and smoke-related injuries.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of 500 to 600 homes in the communities of Meridian Hills and Bardsdale, just south of Fillmore.

Schwarzenegger Says California Needs Marijuana Debate

May 6, 2009

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that it’s time for a debate on whether to legalize and tax marijuana — though he says he’s not supporting the idea.


The Republican governor, whose term in office expires at the end of next year, was asked about the idea of treating pot like alcohol at an appearance in northern California on Tuesday.

“No, I don’t think it’s time for that, but I think it’s time for a debate,” he said. “And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect it had on those countries, and are they happy with that decision.”

The former Hollywood actor, who has admitted smoking marijuana in the past, cited his native Austria as a country where “they want to roll back some of the decisions that were made in European countries.”

He said a decision to legalize marijuana, which has been outlawed in the United States since 1937, should not be made on the basis of raising revenues alone.

Furlough Friday Begins in California

February 6, 2009

California’s first-ever furloughs began today with more than 200,000 state workers staying home without pay amid the state’s fiscal crisis.

From the Associated Press:

Among the offices forced to close Friday were the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Consumer Affairs. The governor’s Office of Emergency Services also was dark as part of the cash-saving move ordered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Critical and revenue-generating agencies remained open, including fire stations, parks and employment centers that process unemployment insurance claims. California’s unemployment rate is 9.3 percent, a 15-year high.

At the state Department of Transportation, a handful of engineers showed up to work without pay because they didn’t want to get behind on projects they said were important to public safety.

Stan Slavin, an electrical engineer working on a traffic project in the San Francisco Bay area, said his partners at local agencies will be on the job so he was, too.

State agencies scrambled in the days before the furloughs took effect to avoid confusion for the public, such as people trying to register vehicles or obtain professional licenses.

Texting While Driving Ban Becomes California Law

January 2, 2009

A prohibition on engaging in any text-based communication while driving went into effect yesterday here in California. The law carries a first-offense fine of $20, and a $50 fine each time thereafter. Drivers in the state must already use hands-free devices while talking on cell phones.

I guess I’ll have to stop this. It’s my #1 bad habit!

From the Associated Press:

While driving on the highways of the golden state, it is now against the law for motorists use text messaging.

The new rule, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008, bans writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication while driving in California, according to the department of motor vehicle’s Web site.

The law applies to wireless phones, or other communication devices, used for text-based communication. The ban includes, and is not limited to: text messages, instant messages, or e-mail, according to the vehicle department.

“Texters” who need a fix should pull off the road to a safe location before engaging in the popular form of communication, because the violating the law carries a $20 fine for a first offense and $50 for each time after that. Repeat offenders could face triple the fine amount, because of penalty assessments, the DMV said.

The state already requires adult drivers to use handsfree devices for cell phones, and bares 16- and 17-year-olds from using any device to talk or text while driving.

The no-text measure’s author, Sen. Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, told the Associated Press California should do more to prevent driving distractions.