Valley-born bills get Arnold’s ax at steeper rate

first_imgDespite strong Democratic ties, San Fernando Valley legislators were able to get nearly four dozen bills signed into law this year by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But Schwarzenegger also vetoed Valley lawmakers’ bills at a higher-than-average rate – axing 23 Valley measures, or 35 percent, compared with an overall veto rate of 24 percent. Some Democrats believe the governor – who signed a total of 729 bills and vetoed 232 and painted himself as a moderate during the recall campaign – has moved to the right this year as he faces a special election in which he needs support from the Republican Party’s conservative base. “My impression is that the governor’s suffering from political schizophrenia,” said Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale. “He’s trying to balance his right-wing base against where most Californians are politically. So he’s all over the map on things.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Among Schwarzenegger’s major vetoes of Democratic bills were a minimum-wage hike, driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and gay marriage. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, said that record demonstrates how the governor has changed since taking office. “Certainly if you look at his action on bills, the one thing you can conclude is this is not the moderate Californians elected,” Nunez said. The governor’s spokeswoman Margita Thompson said the governor makes his decisions on the merits of a particular bill, not on an appeal to politics or shoring up his base. “If people want to look at things through a political prism, certainly that’s standard operating procedure for them,” Thompson said. Regardless of the motivation, Valley legislators came out relatively successful this year. And, in fact, the only Valley legislator who did not have a bill signed by the governor this year was a Republican – Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks. McClintock, a maverick fiscal conservative who is often at odds with the Democratic majority in the Legislature, was simply unable to get any of his 17 bills out of the Legislature and onto the governor’s desk. McClintock could not be reached for comment. Among bills from Valley legislators that Schwarzenegger signed were Frommer’s bill making price information about the 25 most common hospital procedures available to the public so that patients can comparison-shop among different facilities. Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, D-San Fernando, was finally able this year to get her “Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights” passed and signed by the governor, after a previous veto. This year, Montanez modified the bill in negotiations with car dealers to include restriction on dealer markups, a definition of “certified used” vehicles and a two-day cooling-off period for consumers to return vehicles. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, was pleased that the governor signed his bill to increase the use of rubberized asphalt in state highways. The material is made from recycled tires, helping to reduce the volume of tires in landfills, and also makes roads that last longer and provide a better surface for cars, Levine said. “We should be doing a better job (recycling tires) than we are, so I’d like to see us aggressively increase our use of it,” Levine said. “It solves a big environmental problem and at the same time it gives Californians better road services.” Schwarzenegger also signed a bill by Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village, that was designed to respond to an incident earlier this year when a tiger owned by a Moorpark couple escaped and wandered Ventura County hillsides for a month before being shot by authorities. Strickland’s bill puts more restrictions on the ownership of exotic animals, including requirements to register the animal and immediately report when it escapes. Most bills that were signed this year take effect Jan. 1, 2006 – or immediately if they were passed as urgency measures by a two-thirds vote. Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 [email protected] VALLEY LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS San Fernando Valley lawmakers saw 42 of their bills signed by the governor earlier this month and 23 vetoed. Among them: Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys: SIGNED: SB 45: Prohibits marine terminals charging truck operators for the late return of specified equipment used for transporting cargo goods from California seaports. SB 190: Allows the state to use $35 million provided by WellPoint Health Networks as part of the agreement allowing it to merge with Anthem. The money will be used for improving nonprofit community health clinics serving low-income consumers. VETOED: SB 57: Would have allowed counties to increase fines for traffic and other offenses by $20 to $40 to help fund emergency care. SB 610: Would have removed tax-exempt status from nonprofit hospitals that are making revenue of 10 percent or more above expenses. Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale: SIGNED: AB 1067: Increases penalties for violating rail-crossing laws. AB 1045: Makes rate information available about the 25 most common hospital procedures, allowing consumers to price-shop among local facilities. VETOED: AB 76: Would have allowed state agencies to consolidate drug purchasing in order to negotiate deeper discounts. AB 73: Would have created a state Web site to help people get information about obtaining cheaper medications from Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood: SIGNED: AB 178: Prohibits the sale of cigarettes that do not meet certain fire-safety standards. AB 88: Increases penalties on multiple weapons violations. VETOED: AB 1058: Would have required country-of-origin labeling on meat products. AB 1339: Would have required state agencies to provide quarterly reports to the Legislature on California jobs moving out of state. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys: SIGNED: AB 338: Requires Caltrans to increase the use of rubberized asphalt, made from recycled tires, in state road projects. AB 571: Reduces the blood alcohol content considered excessive under drunk driving laws from 0.20 percent to 0.15 percent. VETOED: AB 57: Would have renewed a section of state law that was accidentally erased in 2003. States that employers cannot credit pension or other contributions against their prevailing wage obligations unless they make the contribution on no less than a quarterly basis. AB 1736: Would have tested a new model for chronic care under the Medi-Cal program. Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks: Of approximately 17 bills authored this year, none were passed by the Legislature. Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, D-San Fernando: SIGNED: AB 68: The Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights creates several protections for car buyers, including a two-day cooling off period and a cap on dealer interest-rate markups, and establishes standards for a “certified used” vehicle. AB 381: Allows someone who is subject to assault as part of a paparazzi’s effort to take that person’s photograph to sue the photographer for civil damages in addition to the sale price of the photo. VETOED: AB 561: Would have required California Department of Corrections to provide educational instruction as determined by educational assessments, and makes structural changes to the administration of education in prisons. AB 399: Would have required new multi-unit residential buildings to provide recycling. Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Woodland Hills: SIGNED: AB 1507: Requires exercise gyms to maintain automatic external defibrillators and train personnel in how to use them. AB 1007: Requires the development of a state plan to increase the use of alternative fuels. VETOED: AB 1383: Would have created a grant to help install solar energy systems in low-income housing. AB 1565: Would have launched a study to create a quality rating system for child day-care centers and family day-care homes. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills: SIGNED: AB 515: Encourages the deployment of solar panels along the 660-mile State Water Project pipelines and canals. AB 1676: Requires the state to develop information about end of life care and how to register an advance directive – on what to do in case a person becomes incapacitated – with the state. VETOED: AB 1674: Would have established the Center for Quality Health Care, a research center to study ways to improve the quality of health care in California. Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village: SIGNED: AB 820: Expands laws regulating the personal possession of exotic animals, including establishing a registry and requiring immediate reporting when a wild animal escapes. AB 1437: Creates a fund within the California Film Commission to implement its existing program for film promotion and marketing. VETOED: None Source: Daily News research, legislative records 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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