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Schwarzenegger drops in popularity & partitioning of California and southern Cascadia

Herr Schwarzenegger seems to be having his popularity lowering. One issued is over his Tom Delay tactic of redistricting California to conquer the state.


Over 5,000 Protest Schwarzenegger in San Francisco
by Bill Hackwell Wednesday, Apr. 06, 2005
 http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/04/1731585.php
Schwarzenegger Says Poll Slump Doesn't Bother Him
Thu Apr 28, 2005 07:33 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday he does not care about his plunging job rating and will press on with a ballot measure to strip lawmakers of their authority to draw district lines.

Schwarzenegger's comments during a radio interview came as many analysts wonder if he has lost the momentum necessary to push through the agenda he unveiled early this year. It includes a special election for his redistricting measure.

Schwarzenegger said a labor offensive -- union protesters have been dogging the celebrity Republican governor -- would not derail his agenda. "They're lying to the people," he said.

His job rating has plummeted and Democratic lawmakers feel emboldened to fight. "They figure that Schwarzenegger has to spend so much time ducking punches that he doesn't have time to throw his own," said Jack Pitney, a Claremont McKenna College professor of government.

Earlier this year it appeared Schwarzenegger could ram through an agenda to dramatically alter California's bureaucracy. But opponents have forced him to back away from one of his top priorities and are endangering three others.

Schwarzenegger has postponed plans for a popular vote on a partial privatization of state pension funds and is pushing back the original April 29 deadline for qualifying his redistricting measure. Meanwhile, teachers are thrashing his merit-pay plan for educators and a state spending cap.

Democrats see an opportunity to put him on his heels before talks to close an estimated $9 billion budget shortfall. "This makes for a very interesting debate this summer," said Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen. "Democrats see a wounded Gov. Schwarzenegger."

California's top Democratic lawmaker, state Sen. Don Perata, said this week he would back tax increases to boost school spending, a direct challenge to the anti-tax governor.

"Everybody can read the polls and when you've got a governor in popularity freefall, there isn't that much to be scared of," said Barry Broad, a union lobbyist.

Schwarzenegger's job approval rating had sunk to 40 percent in a recent poll from 60 percent in January, underscoring his failure to find backing beyond Republicans.

 http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=8338907
some Cascadian distinctions 29.Apr.2005 07:54

idea gal

I think the southern section of Cascadia has a somewhat distinct identity from the central and northern portions. I don't really like thinking of them as states or provinces, but I do suggest we think of the area from around Santa Cruz, CA (or a little farther south or north) all the way to the Siskiyou mountains as Pacifica, an independent part of the broader commonwealth of Cascadia. This bioregion is not really dominated by the Cascade mountains. Pacifica implies to me both peace and the ocean.

The northern, coastal area, from around Olympia, WA to someplace in southwest Canada, perhaps, could be called Olympia in honor of that unique and beautiful range.

Just some ideas about Cascadia.

eco-regions make up a bioregion 29.Apr.2005 13:18

a cascadian

Why not the Siskiyou as the Siskiyou eco-region. Pacifica as the coastline with the Willamette eco-region, the lower Columbian eco-region, Olympic eco-region and the Puget Sound eco-region. Transcascadia as east of the Cascades ofcourse with other eco-regions like Walla Walla eco-region, Upper Columbian eco-region, the Snake River eco-region, the Deschutes eco-region and so on and so on. Also the Fraser eco-region, Haida Gwaii, and Vancouver Island eco-region.

Yep 29.Apr.2005 18:09

Wild Green

I spent most of my life as a Pacifican and am currently a Cascadian.

idea gal wrote:

"I think the southern section of Cascadia has a somewhat distinct identity from the central and northern portions. I don't really like thinking of them as states or provinces, but I do suggest we think of the area from around Santa Cruz, CA (or a little farther south or north) all the way to the Siskiyou mountains as Pacifica, an independent part of the broader commonwealth of Cascadia. This bioregion is not really dominated by the Cascade mountains. Pacifica implies to me both peace and the ocean."

The NW Pacific Coast certainly has its own Pacifican identity. However, it gets complicated by the fact that "Pacifican" can refer to any of the eco-regions along the Pacific Coast (Including The Pacific NW ecoregion and all the ecoregions from south of Arcada, CA to the Southern tip of South America). Additionally, Pacificans do not have a "Cascadian" identity. Although many identify with the Jeffersonian movement.

When I moved from the coast to Eugene, I moved from Pacifican to Cascadian. However, I have not switched my Pacifican identity, I still live within the Pacific NW.

The Siskiyou eco-region certainly has its own cultural identity - Jeffersonian.

Thank you idea gal, up until now I have not seen anyone other than myself comment on this specific Pacifican identity.

Where to go with this?

Building local eco-regional networks is a good start, followed by networks between networks.

P.S.

"Pacifican" was also the term used by members of the Pacific Party before the named changed to the Pacific Green Party.

whoa 29.Apr.2005 21:29

get a grip

Monterey Bay is nowhere near the Cascade Range or the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

"Cascadia" doesn't just mean "big trees." The Cascades were the rapids between the upper and lower sections of the Columbia River. (They're now buried under dams.) The mountain range was named after the rapids. It stops at Mount Lassen, north of Sacramento.

we seem to have lots of confusion here 29.Apr.2005 23:54

a cascadian

Cascadia is a word coined by David McCloskey about the region influenced by the Cascade range. When McCloskey "named" the Pacific NorthWest as "Cascadia" he meant all the Pacific Northhwest regardless of politically made borders that would incluse the state of Jefferson. The word "Cascadian" actually predates McCloskey's term of "Cascadia" by several decades for the word "Cascadian" refers to the archetectual style used in the region by the CCC (the Civilian Conservation Corp) public works projects like Timberline Lodge. The Cascades themselves were named earlier in the European expanse in the region by the Scottish naturalist David Douglas. The region was also named "Ecotopia" in the utopian novel by Ernest Callenbach in 1975. There was a push in the 1840s for creating a "Pacific Republic" out of the whole Oregon Territory by Osborne Russell as opposed to the partitioning of the region by the Americans and the British in the present states and provinces.

No Confusion 02.May.2005 13:58

Wild Green

I fail to see the confusion.

Few outside of the Cascade Mountains identify _themselves_ as Cascadian. Cascadian has come to mean a person within the Cascade Mountain Range.

Just because some people, most of whom reside within the Cascade Mountain Range, push to apply the term Cascadia to the whole Pacific NW does not mean the majority of Pacific NorthWesterners agree. You can not force a cultural identity.