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Rob Reiner Resigns from California Preschool Commission

Rob Reiner stepped down from the California preschool commission:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Complaining of "personal political attacks," Hollywood director Rob Reiner resigned Wednesday from a statewide preschool commission he helped create.

His organization, the California First 5 Commission, has been under scrutiny for its spending practices.

Two weeks ago, Reiner dismissed suggestions he step down from the chairmanship of the commission, which has collected nearly $4 billion in tobacco taxes to fund early childhood programs. "Everything I've done is completely legal," he said.

But Reiner called Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over the weekend and resigned, said Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson.

In a letter to the governor, Reiner said: "We agreed that we cannot let personal political attacks get in the way of doing the very best we can for California's children."

Reiner's political associate, Hector Ramirez, has taken his place:

Ramirez served on the executive committee of the First 5 LA's Preschool For All Initiative, which was, as I reported earlier, Reiner and First 5's initial attempt to institute a publicly-funded universal preschool program and served as a model for Prop 82. After it was discovered that the Prop 10 tobacco tax money was inadequate for the task, Reiner's thoughts turned to a new statewide initiative to fund Preschool For All at the state level. That initiative is now Prop 82.

Ramirez is also a leading member of the National Council of La Raza ("The Race"), an advocacy organization on a variety of issues, including immigration reform, in which it is frequently opposed to Schwarzenegger's policy. In the context of Latino politics, "La Raza" can also mean "The People." In some circles, it has a rather poetic and mystical connotation as "La Raza Cosmica," in which, to quote Wikipedia, "traditional concepts of race and nationality can be transcended in the name of humanity's common destiny."

Comments (7)

Meathead pretty well covers... (Below threshold)

Meathead pretty well covers it. Tax, tax and then tax some more.

Though I quit the coffin nails last year, I still get a kick out of the tobacco settlement that did NOTHING for smokers afflicted with illness (greedy mofo politicos). And was further bemused by lil Robbie's sly dip into their pocket, again. Which officially began a small black market cig trade right here in Cali, in lieu of the added fiddy cent Reiner buggering (in addition to the already existing east coast black market trade. In which a few radical Islamists participate/d).

Way to go Robbo. We'll miss you.

Who care's about knocking R... (Below threshold)

Who care's about knocking Rob Reiner, after all: "This Is SPINAL TAP" (which he directed and co-wrote) is the FUNNIEST MOVIE EVER MADE! (give or take) and well worth the $15 (down from the $30 limited-release price)! BUY IT NOW!!!

bryanD, are you ever capabl... (Below threshold)

bryanD, are you ever capable of commenting on-topic?

Just wondering...

Wanderlust, Yeah, but I rea... (Below threshold)

Wanderlust, Yeah, but I read the post and I read it again and just before slipping into a coma I laughed as if Rob Reiner himself were my angel and Spinal Tap was the vision he sent me to keep me safe from that coma! I'd say that's worth a big fat plug, wouldn't you? (I could have died!)

Words to live by:Whe... (Below threshold)

Words to live by:
When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, simle and say, "Why do you want to know?"
Remember that the man who can shoulder the most risk will gain the deepest love and the supreme accomplishment;
Call you mother on the phone. If you can't, you may think of her in your heart;

Remember that the man who c... (Below threshold)

Remember that the man who can shoulder the most risk will gain the deepest love and the supreme accomplishment;
Call you mother on the phone. If you can't, you may think of her in your heart;

Hmmm.Well since th... (Below threshold)


Well since this is the off-topic topic:

Strip club courtesy:

If you're going to reward a stripper and you're out of dollar bills. It's is discourteous to stuff a 5 into her g-string and take out 4 bucks in change.

She's a stripper, not a bank.

This was a public service announcement. Thank you.






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