Overheard in Fog City
Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal publisher.
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp
December 5, 2006
The Guvinator breaks protocol to reach out to legislators
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in what can be best described
as an earnest attempt to reach out to legislators to help create
a bi-partisan team spirit of cooperation in the upcoming 2007/08
legislative season, broke a 3-decade old tradition to address
the California assembly during yesterday's swearing in ceremony
of newly elected assemblymembers at the State Capitol.
The executive king of bi-partisan co-operation sits pensively
upon his royal throne in the legislative chambers of the state
Schwarzenegger appealed to legislators saying, "I hope that
we can continue to accomplish extraordinary things this year if
we continue working together. Let's find things that we have in
common rather than fighting over differences."
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Núñez reaffirmed as Speaker of the House
Reaffirmed Speaker Fabian Núñez held a press conference
following the official swearing in ceremony of newly elected California
assemblymembers to extol the virtue of bi-partisan co-operation
between the Democrat-controlled legislature and the Republican
Speaker Fabian Núñez with Party Whip Assemblymember
Núñez said his main three priorities for the upcoming
legislative season are healthcare, education, and the environment.
Although offering very little in policy or legislative specifics,
Núñez said Democrats would be pow-wowing next month
to hash out details.
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Of all the bars and gin joints
Under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, organized
by the Ministry
of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and The Moroccan-American
Trade and Investment Council, several local San Francisco
movers and shakers will be joining a who's-who list of Royal invitees
to this year's Tan-Tan Festival in Morocco.
His Majesty King Mohamed VI
Photo courtesy un.org
California Assemblymember Fiona Ma, San Francisco Small Business
Commissioner Gus Murad, Benefit Magazine Producer/Host Ruby Tourk,
John Barett, and this writer, will be joining the Casablanca-bound
delegation departing on the morrow.
The Tan-Tan Festival event brings together as many as 30,000 tribesman
from all over Morocco under one tent in the Sahara Desert and
will be the site of the official royal welcoming ceremony for
His Majesty's guests from all over the United States and the world.
Morocco was the first country to recognize the American Republic
in 1777 and cemented a history of good relations between the two
nations in 2004 with the signing of US-Morocco
Free Trade agreement.
This year's event has been organized to promote Morocco as a
highly attractive country for foreign investment with vast areas
of prime undeveloped coastal land available for tourism and manufacturing
business development investment.
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Fog City Funnies
Can we be friends now?
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa demonstrates
a unique and creative fundraising tactic.