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December 1, 2005 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Over the course of her career, Susan Kennedy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new chief of staff, moved from a Democratic Party partisan and abortion rights advocate to a pragmatic dealmaker with a trust in the free market and limited tolerance for stridently liberal approaches to government.
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March 29, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background. When Brown took office, the gathering, led by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, included compatriots plucked from different eras of his five decades in politics - his first tour as governor, the stint as Oakland's mayor, four years as state attorney general. Aside from Gust Brown, McFadden is the only remaining member of the original group.
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January 17, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld
She arrives unseen at the Capitol each morning, entering through an underground garage and riding an internal elevator to the governor's office to take command. Rarely venturing out into public, she instills fear in legions of state workers, lobbyists and lawmakers even though many would not recognize the 5-foot-2, wiry woman with close-cropped blond hair who is likely to be remembered as the most enduring force in state government of the last decade. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, upended the political establishment late in 2005 when he hired Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff: She is a gay Democrat who began her career 30 years ago as an activist for liberal causes and served as a high-ranking aide to the governor's recalled predecessor, Gray Davis.
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August 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Cutting California's car tax was a signature issue when Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned to oust Gray Davis from the governor's office in 2003. In one of his best-known stunts, he dropped a wrecking ball on an Oldsmobile and told the crowd, "hasta la vista, car tax," echoing the actor's famous line from "Terminator 2. " Now a former top aide, Susan Kennedy, is sharing some second thoughts about how the controversial issue was handled, which has cost the state billions of dollars a year in lost revenue.
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February 6, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, a former high school teacher, has heard his share of insults. So when Perata, a Democrat from Oakland, learned that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had called him a liar and a "very sick man" in a conversation with aides last year that was published by The Times on Sunday, he wasn't especially offended. "I'd like to say I got up this morning and I was in a deep funk, but it's not true," Perata told reporters Monday. "I've been in this business a long time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Cutting California's car tax was a signature issue when Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned to oust Gray Davis from the governor's office in 2003. In one of his best-known stunts, he dropped a wrecking ball on an Oldsmobile and told the crowd, "hasta la vista, car tax," echoing the actor's famous line from "Terminator 2. " Now a former top aide, Susan Kennedy, is sharing some second thoughts about how the controversial issue was handled, which has cost the state billions of dollars a year in lost revenue.
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December 1, 2005 | James S. Granelli and Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writers
Few who deal with the state Public Utilities Commission expect the agency to veer substantially from its recent pro-business course after the departure of hard-driving Susan Kennedy, named Wednesday as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's chief of staff. But many figure the agency will become more collegial and, possibly, more effective as it tries to balance the interests of consumers against those of power and phone companies.
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January 6, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor who promoted himself as a reformer, made a mockery of reform on his way out the Capitol door. The Republican governor who flamboyantly vowed to "blow up the boxes" and couldn't figure out how to do it, wound up filling boxes with political cronies ? and, even more outrageously, some of their spouses. The movie star who repeatedly said he ran for office to "give back" to the public for his life of fantastic success ? in keeping with the teachings of his Kennedy family in-laws ?
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March 29, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background. When Brown took office, the gathering, led by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, included compatriots plucked from different eras of his five decades in politics - his first tour as governor, the stint as Oakland's mayor, four years as state attorney general. Aside from Gust Brown, McFadden is the only remaining member of the original group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2010
Below are edited excerpts from more than three hours of conversation with Susan Kennedy, a Democrat and former aide to Gray Davis who became the influential chief of staff to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. A contrarian My first political consciousness wasn't formed around any concepts. It was just that some people stood up and did things that made other people hate them, just because they believed it was the right thing to do, and that was an important principle that I latched onto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor who promoted himself as a reformer, made a mockery of reform on his way out the Capitol door. The Republican governor who flamboyantly vowed to "blow up the boxes" and couldn't figure out how to do it, wound up filling boxes with political cronies ? and, even more outrageously, some of their spouses. The movie star who repeatedly said he ran for office to "give back" to the public for his life of fantastic success ? in keeping with the teachings of his Kennedy family in-laws ?
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January 1, 2011 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
In one of his final acts as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed two of his top aides to a powerful new panel that will help negotiate health insurance rates for individuals and small businesses. Schwarzenegger's chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, and outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe were named Friday to the new Health Benefit Exchange Board. Diana Dooley, Gov.-elect Jerry Brown's Health and Human Services secretary, will also be on the board. Appointees of the Assembly speaker and Senate Rules Committee will round out the new five-member panel.
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January 17, 2010
Below are edited excerpts from more than three hours of conversation with Susan Kennedy, a Democrat and former aide to Gray Davis who became the influential chief of staff to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. A contrarian My first political consciousness wasn't formed around any concepts. It was just that some people stood up and did things that made other people hate them, just because they believed it was the right thing to do, and that was an important principle that I latched onto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld
She arrives unseen at the Capitol each morning, entering through an underground garage and riding an internal elevator to the governor's office to take command. Rarely venturing out into public, she instills fear in legions of state workers, lobbyists and lawmakers even though many would not recognize the 5-foot-2, wiry woman with close-cropped blond hair who is likely to be remembered as the most enduring force in state government of the last decade. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, upended the political establishment late in 2005 when he hired Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff: She is a gay Democrat who began her career 30 years ago as an activist for liberal causes and served as a high-ranking aide to the governor's recalled predecessor, Gray Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, a former high school teacher, has heard his share of insults. So when Perata, a Democrat from Oakland, learned that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had called him a liar and a "very sick man" in a conversation with aides last year that was published by The Times on Sunday, he wasn't especially offended. "I'd like to say I got up this morning and I was in a deep funk, but it's not true," Perata told reporters Monday. "I've been in this business a long time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2006 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new chief of staff, who is spearheading a $9-billion plan to improve California's water system, was paid $120,000 last year by a Los Angeles developer seeking to build a massive water storage project under the Mojave Desert. According to interviews and her financial disclosure statement, Susan P. Kennedy earned $10,000 per month in 2005 as a consultant to Cadiz Real Estate, operated by her longtime friend Keith Brackpool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2005 | Robert Salladay and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, launching an overhaul of his administration, is poised to hire a former Democratic Party activist and high-ranking aide to Gray Davis as his new chief of staff, sources familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The hiring of Susan P.
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February 3, 2006 | Dan Morain and Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger paid thousands of dollars in campaign money to a California Public Utilities commissioner three weeks after receiving contributions in the same amount from a company the commissioner regulated. Susan P. Kennedy, now the governor's chief of staff, received $25,000 from his campaign account 21 days after AT&T donated $25,000 to the fund. In disclosures filed with the state this week, AT&T reported donating the money on Nov. 14.
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