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

Schwarzenegger offers aid to wildfire victims

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/03/art.schwar.ap.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Arnold Schwarzenegger
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  1. Jason

    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.

    July 3, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. California Gold

    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.

    July 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Noah

    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.

    July 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Republican for Obama

    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).

    July 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. lesson

    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.

    July 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Felines For Freedom

    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.

    July 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Shawn T

    Quick, get into da choppah!

    July 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Ian

    A few million for California, a few billion for Iraq. That's a fair trade.

    July 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Nevada


    I completely agree.... I think he is doing and incredible job in California.

    July 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. al



    July 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Christine

    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

    July 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Lightning strikes? No way, I say the fires started due to the super heated airbag governor of California.

    July 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO

    by the way, its " get in da choppa, punk"!

    July 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Rachel

    Good for him in there doing stuff, just like Hillary who yesterday visted new york farmers who's crops have been devestated.

    July 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. California Girl

    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.

    July 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. DOH!


    July 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. The Surly Scholar

    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.

    July 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Peter E

    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?

    July 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Peter E

    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...

    July 3, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. TonyinKentucky

    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.

    July 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Paul

    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.

    July 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Peter of Oregon

    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)

    July 3, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. nik

    Arnie is decent. The problem is the democratic legislature that loves to spend and spend and spend for the incompetent.

    July 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Raymond Duke

    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.

    July 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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