July 3rd, 2008
01:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Schwarzenegger offers aid to wildfire victims

Schwarzenegger is seeking to speed up the recovery process.

Schwarzenegger is seeking to speed up the recovery process.

(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.

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  1. Travis (in the real world

    Arnie Arnie....where are your Reflipigan buddies?....

    Did you call Bush/Cheney/McWar/ Lieberman for help?

    Pull out all the stops, I'm sure there must be money from GWB coming your way....SINCE YOUR STATE IS BANKRUPT, due to your incompetance.

    July 3, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Griff

    Arnie to the rescue once again...

    July 3, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Chris

    Yah, Letz show Da Fiya whoz bozz. Cal-i-forna uber alles!

    July 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. eric

    Schwarzenegger-The only Republican I'd ever consider voting for...if only briefly.

    July 3, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Bishop

    It's a shame that Gov. Schwarzenegger can't be Pres...

    July 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. christina

    Can this RETARD even spell his own last name? The fact that he is a governor says a lot about the state of California. One word in particular comes to mind...SUPERFICIAL! This idiot has no qualifications whatsoever. California is now months away from being broke and the ONLY thing the "Terminator" can think of is to add a 30% tax on the porn industry.

    You're brilliant Arnold, just brilliant! Of course this statement is facetiousness at its BEST!!!

    July 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. California Gold

    Good job. Now, when will you sign the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1st? The budget work should have been done weeks ago and ready on day 1 so there is no break in services and funding. The State Constitution mandates a balanced budget, so where is it?

    July 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Nicole in NE

    I like Arnold – he looks like the terminator in this picture : )

    July 3, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Peter of Oregon

    Schwarzenegger's a good guy. He's loyal to his party, but he has morals. Powell's another great Republican.

    July 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Anita from Arizona

    Good to hear Governor Arnold is taking the bull by the horns in California. GET TO THE CHOPA!!!

    July 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. oil rules

    Nice gesture and he seem to care. Of course if they utilized good management and foresty practices with controlled burns, this would not have ben so bad....

    July 3, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. not important

    He should help the people in Darfur and Zimbabwe. I bet the people in Somalia, Siera Leone and Liberia would need help too.

    July 3, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. JC from NJ

    People say that when Obama gets elected that that would prove that this country has no barriers. I say Ahnold is already that proof!
    Get in da Choppa! Terminate those wildfires!

    July 3, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Gene

    Obama/Schwarzenegger 2008!

    Well.. gotta say.. I didn't really like Arnold's first term as governor.. but I think he's done a better job in his second term.

    Anyone seen Demolition Man? Get ready... Nostradomus eat your heart out... so far that movie is more accurate in predicting Arnold's political future 🙂

    July 3, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Independent

    Good job Arnie!

    I hope McCain chooses you as his VP.

    McCain/Schwarzenegger 2008

    July 3, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers


    No per diem cash payments or financial grants to replace property, family or pets, no FEMA trailers?

    Well...just wait until you come against the Obamanator!! Yes we can (take your money and leave you smiling)!!!

    July 3, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Loretta from California

    Now this is a Republican that I can believe in. "Helping people"

    "Helping people" We don't hear this very often from members of the GOP community. It's usually the "I got mine, to heck with everyone else" the "Why should I help?" or the "I worked hard to get where I am today why can't everyone else do it?


    July 3, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Giovanni

    Man, Schwarzenegger is awesome... too bad he can't be president!
    Big difference from President Bush'!

    July 3, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. CT voter

    He is the only republican I like so far! He is loyal to his party but will not be afraid to firmly disagree if it goes against his state's wish's, such as the oil drilling which he made clear he disagree's with Mccain on. He's a good man with a clear head on his shoulder.

    July 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Susan

    Arnold will always be liked!

    July 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. mitchell hussein martin

    ok.there's still one good republican out there.just one.

    July 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    ARNOLD!! Love the commercials about asking people to come, work and live in California!!
    Just a simple question TERMINATOR!!
    Can you spell one word – WATER??!!
    People [kids], pets, the crops, animals, birds etc. might need this in your CALIFORNIA future!!

    July 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. charles

    Where is his flag pin?

    July 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Ray from CA

    In his first term he did ok
    His second term he has done better
    I respect this guy very much and I supproted him for his first term but, in his second term I supproted that Democratic guy Steve something co-founder of Ebay...
    But, he didnt make it past primparies
    so I went for Arnold

    July 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. An Independent Hillary

    I'm a lifelong Democrat, but I voted for Arnold in the CA election. He is a politician that truly does transcend his political party.

    July 3, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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