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ANGLING ANGELIDES


Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Phil Angelides (pictured) stopped in Santa Barbara on Monday as part of his statewide tour leading up to the June 6 primary election. A sun-soaked Goleta Beach Park provided the perfect backdrop as the current state treasurer tooted his own environmental horn. Angelides railed against liquid natural gas and offshore oil drilling, and pledged his allegiance to alternative fuels and state limitations for industrial emissions. About four dozen supporters listened as Angelides badmouthed Governor Schwarzenegger for “taking no action on the environment” and “cutting education and turning kids away from college.” The 53-year-old Angelides received perhaps his loudest applause of the afternoon when he pointed out that the Governator came into office with seven Hummers, while his clan will come into office as a “three-hybrid family.” He also pointed out that his democratic challenger Steve Westly has only recently promised to order a hybrid vehicle. Angelides also signaled his endorsement of the Clean Energy Initiative slated for this November’s election, making him the first gubernatorial candidate to weigh in on the issue.  — Ethan Stewart



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