(CNN) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order to speed up the recovery process for victims of the wildfires that have scorched a large part of the state.
At a news conference in Big Sur on Wednesday, Schwarzenegger commended both the work of the firefighting crews and the 40 states providing support, but said relief efforts will need to continue long after the blazes are contained.
"Putting out the fires is only part of the battle - helping people put their lives back together is just as important," he said. "The cooperation has been fantastic and I am glad to see federal support because we are likely to face many more challenges in the months ahead."
Under the executive order, replacement fees for birth certificates, driver's licenses and other critical documents will be waived. In addition, the governor will ask the Franchise Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization to assist fire victims with filing tax extensions and obtaining relief from
late penalties and assessments.
Travis in the real world. Democrat from California and you can't blame Arnold we were bankrupt befor he got here which was the reason for the recall election that put him in office.
Yes Travis. This state is teetering on a fine line financially. First terms as Governor there was no budget. Where was Arnie? Why he was in Austria visiting relatives and the proposed arena that was being named in his honor. The State of California was in a budget crisis and Arnold decided to leave the country.
The same problems as Governor Gray Davis. Can't raise taxes and can't cut the budget because everything there has to be funded because it was legislated by the voters.
Thankfully he can't be President of the USA. He is trying to get an initiative to modify the Constitution of the United States so he could run for office. Pray this never happens.
I would love to be able to vote for this guy in a Presidential election. He’s hands down the best Republican out there. I’m hoping President Obama will help him push for a constitutional amendment to allow foreign born citizens to run of President as long as they’ve live here for certain number of years let’s say 20? Just throwing it out there
My friend and I were actually considering starting a “Write in Arnold” campaign if Obama lost in the primaries.
Arnie is a good man, period. As a republican, I can honestly say I've never really seen him as a true republican. But if he has to be placed in either of the main two parties it would Repubs.
As an independent he might give that party some credibility, but first they need to get that slimeball Leiberman out of it.
Here's to Arnie
(oh, and I'm from Cali, he's not done a bad job at all, he doesn't seem to stick to a real Republican agenda, which is good).
Arnold learned his lesson when he held that silly costly measures election a couple of years ago (that I voted in) and all ballot issues were a resounding NO by the California populace.
Since then, hes listened to the people and stopped trying to coax the state to one side or the other, and hes been a better gov, and a better politician by listening to what the people want.
I generally align myself with the Dem party, but from what I've seen and read about Arnold, I think we share a lot of the same values: fiscal responsibility, environmental protection and social/personal freedom. It is a shame he is not permitted to run for the Presidency. He might just be good.
Quick, get into da choppah!
A few million for California, a few billion for Iraq. That's a fair trade.
I completely agree.... I think he is doing and incredible job in California.
GET TO THE CHOPA NOWWWW!!!!!!
I love that people are complimenting Arnolds politics when they don't even live in CA. I live in CA and trust me he's not a miracle worker like all of you are making him out to be. He isn't horrible but he isn't amazing...he's blah. So much for the super hero to save the day....*sigh*
Barack Obama 2008
Lightning strikes? No way, I say the fires started due to the super heated airbag governor of California.
by the way, its " get in da choppa, punk"!
Good for him in there doing stuff, just like Hillary who yesterday visted new york farmers who's crops have been devestated.
Travis: Arnold has come a long way. He has been taking very good care of California. If you don't live in California, shut up.
California Girl........HELLO!!!!! Can you say BUDGET CRISES??? Arnold has MESSED UP BIG TIME!!!!!! Now the PUBLIC SCHOOLS, STATE PARKS, AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ARE ALL IN DANGER THANKS TO ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER. HE IS THE WORST GOVERNOR EVER....and yes, I DO live in California....
As a Californian, I'm actually thoroughly surprised that Schwarzenegger hasn't run the state into the ground. In fact, he's actually done a decent job. Part of it probably has to do with the fact that he's broken with the Republican party in several areas (environmental policy, gay marriage, energy policy, etc). He also differs from most Republican officials in that he actually possesses a conscience and a sense of human sympathy.
Oh, and those who chide California for electing an actor are remarkably quick to forget Reagan. He acted with monkeys, and yet to this day Republicans revere him as some kind of freaky right-wing messiah or something.
I have a plan: Maria Shriver for President! We can't elect Arnold, but we can still put him in the White House if we elect his wife! And with him being a republican and her being a Kennedy I think we can get a bi-partisan administration! Anyone wants to start a petition?
He didn't fix California's deficit or its other troubles, and yet the people still feel better about themselves now than they did years back. Why? Well, that's telling about how terrible and corrupt his democratic predecessor was...
If Arnold had a (D) next to his name, no one would even bat an eye.
Arnold might be the only viable pre-neocon revolution Republican in the country.
Remember when it didn't make you want to bleach your brain when you even thought about voting GOP?
Those were the days I tell ya. This group now makes you yearn for people with the moral fiber and caring of Richard M. Nixon.
At least Tricky Dick had the decency to tell a half way plausible lie. Bush and company just "gangsta" their way through the world and tell us stories a 2 year old wouldn't buy.
Here in California, the Republicans don't like him and the Democrats don't like him. That's good enough for this Democrat. He has my vote again, this time for the Senate.
Arnold's a good American. Loyal to his party to a fault, but he has integrity, unlike what we've seen from this Republican party over the past 8 years (except for Powell, who is one of the few Republican's that's retained my full respect and admiration for)
Arnie is decent. The problem is the democratic legislature that loves to spend and spend and spend for the incompetent.
You go Arnold. Use them federal tax dollars of mine and everybody elses to be generous. You people out there don't want to cut trees and brush that are fire hhazards because you might hurt a little mouse or some snail. You don't want to drill of off your coast. If you don't want to clear away fire hazards then pay the price. If you don't want to drill for oil then pay your $5.00 a gallon for gas and quite whinning. As far as I am concerned I am 60 years old and I can count a half of dozen times I have been told that we were fixing to enter another ice age within 25 years , global warming was going to kill me within 15 years and the ozone was being destroyed. Hell I have heard it all over these sixty years and guess what, I am still hear and so is the world. Get a grip. If you want to do something for the environment keep the water clean and the air fresh and forget about that stupid idea of ice ages and global warming. I have already lived through three or four of these disasters according to these genuis from harvard , yale and foriegn proffessors.