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Governor Avoids Court Fight By Releasing Aides’ Appointment

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has avoided a court fight with two newspapers and a free speech group by releasing appointment calendars kept by two of his top aides when he was considering the fate of hundreds of bills in 2004.

The California First Amendment Coalition says Schwarzenegger´s office has turned over calendars maintained by Pat Clarey and Bonnie Reiss between August 27th and September 30th, 2004.

That was a period in which the Republican governor was considering whether to sign or veto bills passed at the end of the Legislature´s 2004 session.

The coalition, the San Jose Mercury News and San Diego Daily Transcript filed a lawsuit last November to try to get the calendars to see if interest groups had arranged meetings with Clarey and Reiss to lobby on the legislation.

Reiss is Schwarzenegger´s senior adviser and Clarey was his chief of staff until she resigned last month.