Term ends with bang

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“We did it by putting progress ahead of politics,” Nu ez said. “Think about that for a second. In the context of what should have been a tumultuous political year – where in a Democratic state you have a Republican governor and a Democratic Party eager to take back that top job in California – we got all these things done.” The cooperation was so marked that some Republican lawmakers left town unhappy, feeling the governor’s election-year attitude led him to work more with Democrats than his own party. “The governor largely agreed to the Democratic agenda,” said Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Northridge. Richman attributed the attitude partly to the fact that it is an election year, and the governor needs Democratic votes to get re-elected. In fact, the Legislature’s cooperation with the governor could pose a dilemma for some Democrats. Despite the looming threat of election-year politics, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislators worked together this year with a rare degree of cooperation, resulting in one of the most productive sessions in years, lawmakers and analysts said Friday. The collaborative tone led to deals on a wide range of issues in the Legislature’s waning days, including a rise in the minimum wage, a reduction in global warming and reform of the cable television industry. Schwarzenegger declared it “an incredibly productive legislative session, one of the most productive in decades.” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, said Democrats put aside partisanship. Nu ez, for example, is co-chairman of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides campaign, but said he intends to campaign with Schwarzenegger to promote the bond package this fall – even as he works to unseat the governor. A campaign spokesman for Angelides said any damage to his candidacy will be minimal because voters will look beyond this legislative session on Nov. 7. Whatever happens in November, independent analysts agreed with the positive assessments of the legislative term. Earlier this year, the Legislature sent the governor a rare on-time budget and negotiated a massive $37 billion infrastructure bond package for the November ballot. There also were failures. Schwarzenegger was unable to win approval of Indian gambling pacts to add nearly 20,000 more slot machines or a measure to revamp how political districts are drawn. [email protected] (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img