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first_imgBy all accounts, nearly $200 million will have been raised and spent on Nov. 8 special-election measures before it’s all over, with most of the attention going to Proposition 75, the measure dealing with union political contributions. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s campaign, which has raised more than $34 million, has now gone to a relatively cheap way to campaign with an Internet cartoon commercial. The animated spot at www.joinarnold.com, shows union bosses pulling up to a schoolhouse and, literally, shaking down a teacher for contributions. It ends with the car pulling away and an estimate of how much the unions have raised to oppose Schwarzenegger. Opponents to the governor have launched their own effort, with e-mail blasts talking about the “Millionaires for Prop. 75,” and listing various corporate contributors to the Schwarzenegger reform effort. The governor also is doing selective interviews around the state with reporters who are not based in the Capitol to try to get his message out. On Thursday, in Burbank, he scheduled a series of brief one-on-ones to blast the unions. But he also stepped on his own message with the announcement of his plans for a new initiative campaign for next year’s ballot. City Councilman Jack Weiss got more attention than he expected – or perhaps wanted – last week when he went after one of the sacred cows of politics: proclamations. Weiss called for a review of what the council could do to speed up its Friday meetings, which often take upward of two hours for presentations from council members to citizens, city workers and various dignitaries. “It’s not that these people don’t deserve it,” Weiss said. “I just wish we could do it more quickly.” But Weiss’ colleagues let him know they were not pleased at being held up to ridicule. “Thirty-seven minutes late,” new Councilman Bill Rosendahl noted of the time Weiss walked into council chambers. “If we started on time, maybe we would be done earlier.” Weiss reluctantly agreed. “That’s all our fault,” he said. Weiss’ staff also chose to save him additional embarrassment when they canceled a presentation he had been scheduled to make to a youth group. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is proving he believes in family values – at least when it comes to his appointments. He has appointed the husband-wife team of Nick and Sylvia Patsaouras to the Board of Water and Power and Airport commissions, respectively. Also, he named Barbara Yaroslavsky, wife of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, to the Commission on Children, Youth and Their Families. Last week, he named the wife of another supporter to the Children, Youth and Their Families panel by nominating Bobbie Parks. She is the wife of Councilman Bernard Parks, who provided a key endorsement in the mayor’s election campaign. The state Senate race between Councilman Alex Padilla and Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, D-San Fernando, continues to heat up. Even though the primary election will not be held until June, the two are going at it hot and heavy with dueling press releases over who’s raising the most money or who is winning the endorsement war. Both campaigns also are looking for whatever weaknesses they can spot in the other. Padilla’s people have been making jokes about an incident in Sacramento in which Montanez supposedly tossed some red wine on a lobbyist who said he was supporting Padilla. Montaez’ aides dismiss the incident, saying it was a personal dispute that the Padilla folks were blowing up. By the time the election comes around, there could be more than red wine being spilled. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more