Maldonado takes charge in San Bruno

September 12, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is off to Asia on a trade mission, so the responsibility for coordinating the government’s response to Thursday’s gas pipe explosion in San Bruno has fallen squarely on the shoulders of Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado. [LA Times]

Under California law, the former Central Coast legislator, appointed to the state’s second-highest office just  last spring, is allowed to serve as Acting Governor while Schwarzenegger is away.

As the Los Angeles Times pointed out: “So it fell to Maldonado to officially declare a state of emergency Thursday night. And it fell to Maldonado to explain things Friday at press conferences and in interviews. There he was on CNN, at 3 a.m. local time, answering to the title “Governor” and chatting on a first-name basis with the hosts. And hours later, he was front and center at the command post, declaring to a local, state and national audience what officialdom knew as the skies lightened and the awful search for more victims was renewed.”

Maldonado is currently running for re-election in November against Gavin Newsom, the Democratic mayor of San Francisco. Newson currently leads in the polls and, prior to Thursday, fully two thirds of Californians said they didn’t know anything about Maldonado.

Maldonado had already signaled his intent to make the most of his acting governorship. Plans were in the works for him, in Schwarzenegger’s stead, to sign popular bills. Possibilities included measures meant to prevent future circumstances like those in Bell, the southeastern Los Angeles County city that this year has become shorthand for government flabbiness and public employee greed.

Meanwhile, he’s behind the microphone, assuring the people of San Bruno, and indirectly the people of California, that government aid is on the way and that Abel Maldonado, as least for the moment, is in charge.


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inverse Condemnation

Acting Governor, Abel Maldonado has done a good job in the absence of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.


My full support is behind Abel in his upcoming election as this is a person who will work for our safety as seen in the gas pipe explosion in San Bruno.


thinkaboutit

I had to check twice after I read this article. What was more appropriate for the Opinion page was found reported in Daily Briefs. The article seems more interested in flitting scrutiny of Mr. Maldonado than reporting the more critical concerns of what the acting governor has done in response to a tragic disaster.


Yes, Maldonado was “chatting on first-name basis with the hosts” and “declaring to a local, state and national audience what ‘officialdom’ knew.” But let’s be clear. Coordinating the government’s response to a pipe explosion doesn’t somehow “fall” on Maldonado to carry out. That is the Lieutenant Governor’s JOB in the Governor’s absence.


There is nothing somehow peculiar or even suspect about Maldonado carrying out his duties, unnecessary statements notwithstanding, i.e. “Newson currently leads in the polls and, prior to Thursday, fully ywo-thirds (sic) of Californians said they didn’t know anything about Maldonado… Maldonado had already signaled his intent to make the most of his acting governorship. Plans were in the works for him, in Schwarzenegger’s stead, to sign popular bills.”


Yes, “there he was, on CNN at 3 a.m. local time, answering to the title ‘Governor,’ ” as the article states. (Well, why wouldn’t he be in this state of emergency?)


It begs the question: Was anything out of line in how Maldonado conducted himself at either press conference? The person I saw “behind the microphone” carried out his responsibilities in an appropriately calm, concise and articulate manner. He told the public what had happened, exactly what steps he was taking as acting Governor, and what could be expected to occur in the immediate future. In addition, I saw nothing in either news conference to draw attention to himself or the upcoming campaign.


I think better work of this article could have been accomplished in concentrating on the state of the victims and information on how the public could help. Rather than regurgitate Cathleen Decker’s tabloid-style journalism in what was the largest paragraph of this article, I think readers would better appreciate an original and objective thought any day. There’s talent in this virtual news room. I hope to see more evidence of that.


“We are non-partisan and adhere to the strictest journalism ethics and standards.”


Let THIS be so.


racket

Okay. I am with you on this, Thinkaboutit.


I think my earlier comments were made out of frustration at how unseemly politicking has become. Probably it’s always been this way, and I am just paying closer attention.


racket

It’s like watching sausage get made.


While I often vote republican, using this tradegy to showcase Abel’s wonderfulness is really low.


racket

Tragedy, too.