2004-05-27

Schwarzenegger feuert Verbraucherschützerin

--- Bisher gab es überwiegend verhalten Positives oder gar Euphorisches über Arnolds Regierungsstil in Kalifornien zu lesen. Doch heute greift die LA Times den Entertainment-König an, nachdem er mal wieder eine erfahrene staatliche Verbraucherschützerin ohne gute Gründe rausgeschmissen hat: For the third time since taking office last fall, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ousted a high-ranking state consumer regulator, stirring complaints among advocates that he is stripping a respected consumer protection department of its strongest voices. ... "You wonder if there's not an agenda here of pleasing business at the expense of the public," said Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. ... As a Republican governor, Schwarzenegger has cast himself as a salesman pitching a business-friendly California to chief executives and entrepreneurs. But he also describes himself as a populist defender of the average Californian. When it comes to consumer protection, those roles can sometimes collide. "He believes that by rebalancing the equation and making the state more business-friendly, California will become more robust economically and the train will move once gain," said Larry Gerston, a political science professor at San Jose State University. "The question is, as this rebalancing occurs, how many people does the train run over?"