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Times Editor Chris Lopez's weblog

Monday, April 11, 2005

Schwarzenegger people

We got short notice today that the governor's finance director, Tom Campbell, wanted to stop by and visit our editorial board. Dan Hatfield, our editorial page editor, arranged a meeting for us to sit down with Campbell, Sean Walsh of the governor's office, and John Goia of the Contra Costa County supervisor's board. The topic was public employee pensions and the governor's decision last week to hold off on taking pension reform to voters until he and his staff try to negotiate a deal that gets legislative approval on a constitutional amendment. "The governor is not backing down from pension reform or budget reform," Walsh told us. "We're on a road to ruin unless we get our fiscal health in order." Campbell walked us through the governor's positions. He is the point person to hammer out a proposed constitutional amendment on how public employee pensions are funded. Reporters Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Peter Felsenfeld and George Avalos sat in on the meeting. Typically, reporters knowledgeable on a subject will join the editorial board when VIPs come in. I sat in on a variety of editorial boards when I was a reporter at the Denver Post, and I encourage reporters at the Times to participate in these meetings.


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