Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a no-show at a Bob Hope Airport political event Thursday, but the “No on Proposition 23” show went on without him.
The event was called to criticize Proposition 23, one of nine statewide measures on the Nov. 2 ballot. It would suspend a landmark California law that sets sustainability benchmarks until one year after the unemployment rate returns to pre-recession averages of 5.5% or less. The unemployment rate in California was 12.4% in August.
Burbank City Councilmen Dave Golonski and Jess Talamantes, sporting green hard hats, stood on a stage in a new, energy-efficient airplane hangar next to developers, business owners and two dozen members of Carpenters Union Local 1506. Speakers criticized Proposition 23 and the Texas-based oil companies that support it. They also praised the sweeping green measure the governor signed in 2006, Assembly Bill 32.
Schwarzenegger spoke via telephone over loudspeakers set up in the new energy-efficient hangar off North Clybourn Avenue. But his speech was unintelligible as the volume faded in and out and his voice echoed off the high ceilings of the hangar.