Rob Reiner resigns from Children's Commission amid
accusations from Republicans
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
March 30, 2006
Rob Reiner resigned yesterday as chairman of the California Children
and Families Commission and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed
a Southern California social worker to replace him.
Reiner, a Democrat, has come under fire in recent weeks from
Republican legislators who accuse him of using commission funds
to support his ballot initiative that would raise taxes on wealthy
Californians to fund universal preschool.
"We cannot let personal political attacks get in the way
of doing the very best we can for California's children,'' Reiner
said in his letter of resignation to the governor.
Reiner spoke with Schwarzenegger over the weekend and offered
his resignation at that time, according to a statement from the
"Rob Reiner has always put California's kids first and I
thank him for the great work he has done over the last seven years,''
Schwarzenegger said in the statement. "Because of Rob's efforts,
California has become a national leader in providing early childhood
health and education services for our youngest children and their
Schwarzenegger appointed Hector Ramirez, currently the vice president
and chief operating officer of Para Los Ninos, a non profit social
services agency serving poor children and families in Los Angeles
and San Bernadino counties, to replace Reiner. Ramirez, 38, is
also a Democrat.
"Hector has a longstanding passion for helping children
and a demonstrated commitment to giving disadvantaged parents
and families the support they so desperately need,'' Schwarzenegger
Reiner, a prolific Hollywood actor, producer and director is
best known for his role as "Meathead,'' Archie Bunker's liberal
son-in law on the 1970s sitcom "All in the Family.''
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