CALIFORNIA GREEN CZAR Robert Sawyer fired by Schwarzenegger – Governor says Sawyer moved too slowly – Sawyer retorts independence the issue

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Robert Sawyer
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By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pledges a quick replacement for California green czar Robert Sawyer whom the governor fired this week.

Sawyer and Schwarzenegger give differing accounts of the dismissal.

Sawyer, who served at the governor’s pleasure as chair of the California Air Resources Board, took issue earlier this week with Schwarzenegger criticism that the Board was moving too slowly by backing a San Joaquin application for an 11-year extension to meet the Federal Clean Air Act.

Schwarzenegger characterized Board action as letting the federal government off the hook by seeking delay.

For his part, Sawyer responded independence of Board action was the cause of Sawyer’s appointment being rescinded by the governor.

According to accounts, Sawyer sought clarification from Susan Kennedy who serves as chief advisor to the governor.

Kennedy first asked Sawyer to retire, reported Sawyer who declined retirement.

Kennedy then handed Sawyer a letter from the governor rescinding Sawyer’s appointment, according to Sawyer.

Replacing Sawyer is “priority Number One,” Schwarzenegger said through a spokesman.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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