CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1998
Since 1995, John Garamendi has been one of the most pivotal Californians in the Clinton administration. As deputy secretary of the Interior, he has been in the thick of contentious issues involving this state, from the dispute over the Headwaters old-growth redwoods in the north to the establishment of a low-level radiation dump at Ward Valley in the Mojave Desert. Now Garamendi, 53, former state insurance commissioner and candidate for governor, is leaving to go into business in Washington.
April 4, 1998 |
John Garamendi, the former state insurance commissioner who joined the Clinton administration in 1995, announced Friday that he will leave government to join a private investment group. Garamendi, 52, has been serving as deputy interior secretary. He took the post after Kathleen Brown defeated him in the 1994 Democratic primary for governor. At the Interior Department, Garamendi's chief focus was on setting federal policy on natural resources in California and Alaska, the agency said.
March 29, 1996 |
Deputy Secretary of the Interior John Garamendi urged Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday to exert pressure on Southern California water agencies to settle a dispute over potential new supplies of Colorado River water. At stake, Garamendi said, is the ability to augment Southern California supplies by 600,000 to 800,000 acre-feet of water, about equal to the historical annual use by the city of Los Angeles.
August 16, 1995 |
Former California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a rancher in Mokelumne Hill east of Stockton in the Sierra foothills and a two-time candidate for governor, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as deputy secretary of the Interior Department. Garamendi, 50, who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1982 and in 1994, was nominated for the No. 2 Interior Department post in June by President Clinton. His wife, Patti, was previously named associate director of the Peace Corps.
July 1, 1995 |
President Clinton on Friday nominated former California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi to the No. 2 post at the Interior Department, a job that has been vacant since Clinton took office. The long-expected announcement was made by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, who cited Garamendi's consumer activism and environmental sensitivity as credentials for the position of deputy secretary of the Interior.
December 2, 1994 |
Before Gov. Pete Wilson even begins his second and final term, political maneuvering to replace him in the governor's office in 1998 has gotten under way with John Garamendi becoming the first Democrat to go public with his interest. Garamendi, who lost in the Democratic primary this year to Kathleen Brown, said after a Beverly Hills fund-raising dinner Tuesday that 1994 "was not my time to be governor" but made his interest in another try clear. "Will that occur in the future?
November 23, 1994
Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi Tuesday ordered 28 insurance companies to pay rebates and interest totaling $1.25 billion to policyholders under Proposition 103. It was the second such order Garamendi has issued under the 1988 insurance rate rollback initiative. The first, in October, 1991, involved 14 companies and totaled $1.57 billion. Four of those 14, including market leader State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and earthquake-battered 20th Century Insurance Co.