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Schwarzenegger to replace Calif. lottery director

California LotteryCalifornia Lottery: Schwarzenegger to replace Calif. lottery director

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's aides said Tuesday that he is dumping troubleshooter Chon Gutierrez, the acting lottery director who engineered California's participation with the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game, and then sent an adviser to spy on Democrats who are trying to halt ticket sales.

Democrat lawmakers and an anti-gambling group that sued the lottery took a break from their political bombardment of the Republican governor and hailed his decision.

The governor's office has launched "quite a search" that includes "extensive outreach" nationally to "fill the position with a full-time, permanent director as soon as possible," said Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Julie Soderlund in an interview.

The aide would not discuss why Gutierrez has been excluded from consideration, citing a "confidential internal appointments process." Soderlund continued to try to distance the governor from questions surrounding the lottery by referring all other queries to Gutierrez.

Gutierrez spokeswoman Rosa Escutia said the director had no comment on Schwarzenegger's disclosure, which came after Daily Review reports on the Democrat-spawned controversy surrounding the lottery's decision to join the multi-state Mega Millions game last month.

An anti-gambling group has filed a lawsuit claiming the game clashes with the voter-approved Lottery Act. It was envisioned as a revenue-raising tool in Schwarzenegger's government-reform efforts that Gutierrez helped forge.

"I think it's always a good day when the governor holds a career bureaucrat responsible for his or her actions," said Sen. Dean Florez, a Bakersfield-area Democrat whose committee oversees the lottery.

"I suspect this to be the case with the reckless direction the state lottery has followed under Acting Director Chon Gutierrez's tenure."

On Monday, Florez said he wanted Gutierrez either removed or made permanent so he would be subject to Senate confirmation hearings.

Senate Democratic leader Don Perata of Oakland said he "shared the concerns" and "had expressed those concerns to the administration."

On Tuesday, Florez hailed Schwarzenegger's "wise decision to replace Gutierrez."

"I think Gutierrez's performance came up short on all counts, and I appreciate the governor holding him responsible," he said.

"Gutierrez shepherded the ill-advised Mega Millions lottery agreement even though the Legislature's Legislative Counsel found that such participation was unlawful. And Gutierrez's special adviser, Kim Smith, was caught misrepresenting herself as a freelance reporter at a (anti-gambling group) news conference."

The flap began escalating after the anti-gambling group sued, accusing the lottery of exceeding its authority under the Lottery Act.  The group and the legislative Democrats' attorneys believe the act envisioned games only within California's borders.

The issue, if not decided by courts, is headed for debate by lawmakers, who have introduced legislation to amend the constitution, or for placement on a statewide ballot. The bill would not only legalize Mega Millions but also shift more lottery proceeds used for administration to schools.

Republicans have stated that the Democrat legislative actions are nothing more than political one-upmanship, and that Democrats have stood in the way of the Governor's attempts to improve California's financial footing ever since Schwarzenegger took office.

Democrats are also set to grill policy-setting lottery commissioners, appointed by Schwarzenegger, when legislators return from summer recess mid-August.

Reacting to Gutierrez pending ouster, anti-gambling group attorney Fred Jones said, "I hope they find a director who believes they are accountable to the people and their elected representatives."

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Posted: July 28, 2005, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

Maybe they should give the job to LottoMike, he might make a good state lottery director. Just as good as anybody else and maybe even very much better.

Those in favor vote aye !

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    Posted: July 28, 2005, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

    If Arnold calls me, I will decline.  I wouldn't be able to play the lottery!!!  I worked for 8 years for a company that had the security contract with the California State Lottery and I had to sign an agreement stating that I would not play the lottery while I worked for them!!  I didn't even service the Lottery contract, but it didn't matter.  The agreement listed a long list of family members that also could not play the lottery.  It did not include in-laws, so my father-in-law played the lottery for me.

     

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      Posted: July 28, 2005, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

      I'll take the job. I'll just drive to Oregon.

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        Posted: July 28, 2005, 5:14 pm - IP Logged

        I wonder if arnold is trying to change director's to save mega millions or if he just does not like chon?

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          Posted: July 28, 2005, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

          Know I know how he got the name terminator.  ROFL

          How are you going to win if you don't play?

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            Posted: July 28, 2005, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

            who really knows what is going on,could be anything!

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              Posted: July 28, 2005, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

              Just so he doesn't appoint a fitness magazine editor.

              Cheers

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                Posted: July 28, 2005, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

                Know I know how he got the name terminator.  ROFL

                Good one!

                 

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                  Posted: July 28, 2005, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

                  I know Arnold Schwarzenegger is named the Terminator. I hope that CA terminates Mega Millions by winning a lawsuit preventing them from playing a multi-state game. What do you think Todd of my story?

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                    Posted: July 29, 2005, 12:57 am - IP Logged

                    In today's episode of As california Turns, the role of "the fall guy" will be played by Chon Gutierrez.

                     

                    Schwarzenegger to Gutierrez, "I need you to fall on your sword. I need you to take one for the team. The party is counting on you!!!"

                     

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                      Posted: July 29, 2005, 2:09 am - IP Logged

                      Just so he doesn't appoint a fitness magazine editor.

                      never say never!


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                        Posted: July 29, 2005, 9:53 am - IP Logged

                        CA needs to stay in MM, just as CT needs to stay in PB.


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                          Posted: July 29, 2005, 2:03 pm - IP Logged

                          I'm happy to see CA play MM and get their lottery sales up. I would be more happy if CA stops playing MM not only by winning the lawsuit, but also it is unconstitutional to have CA play multi-state games from Prop. 37 [1984] telling them they can only play in their own state [CA].

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                            Posted: July 29, 2005, 5:16 pm - IP Logged

                            GO Ah Nuld! Lep

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