The Los Angeles Times
S. LO’S CALIFORNIA INDEX
JULY 21, 2004
Chance that a state budget agreement is reached by day’s end: 60%.
Chance an agreement is reached by week’s end: 80%.
Chance your grandchildren will get stuck with the bill for all the borrowing and gimmickry in the budget: 100%.
Number of times Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised an on-time budget in the last year: Too many to count.
Number of days that have passed since the budget deadline: 21.
Total dollar amount of the 2003-04 budget signed by ex-Gov. Gray Davis: $99.1 billion.
Total amount of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s first budget after promising to shrink government: $103 billion.
Number of percentage points by which Schwarzenegger’s popularity exceeds Ronald Reagan’s highest rating as California governor: 5.
Number of times Gov. Schwarzenegger used the term “girlie men” to describe state legislators during a 16-minute speech at an Ontario mall: Twice.
Number of star-struck legislators who have cuddled up to Schwarzenegger for months and deserve the title: Dozens.
Ratio of time Schwarzenegger has spent applying makeup to time spent by all the female legislators: 3:1.
Last national celebrity with hair the color of Schwarzenegger’s: Woody Woodpecker.
Number of budget deadlines missed by Woody Woodpecker: Zero.
Number of employees on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s staff who make $100,000 or more: 14.
Number of employees on Gov. Davis’ staff who made $100,000 or more: 8.
Pay concessions Gov. Schwarzenegger vowed to extract by playing hardball with the California prison guards union: $300 million.
Amount of pay concessions actually negotiated by Schwarzenegger with the prison union: $108 million.
Number of weeks it took before a federal judge lambasted Schwarzenegger’s prison guard deal for hindering reform: 3.
Amount by which annual payments from Indian casinos will fall short of Schwarzenegger’s projections: 30%.
Schwarzenegger’s whereabouts just hours after vowing to stay in Sacramento and fight like a warrior to end the budget stalemate: Beverly Hills fund-raiser.
Amount raised at Beverly Hills fund-raiser by Schwarzenegger, who earlier promised to end fund-raising during budget season: Roughly $400,000.
Nickname that best applies to ex-Gov. Davis when comparing his fund-raising prowess to Schwarzenegger’s: Girlie man.
Number of the top 100 donations to Schwarzenegger that came from businesses or their executives: 87.
Amount Schwarzenegger has raised for himself and committees he controls since the day he said he doesn’t need anyone’s money because he has his own: $30 million.
Number of people at Stockton mall food court who cheered Schwarzenegger’s criticism of legislators beholden to special interests: Hundreds.
Tragic effects of junk food diet: Obesity, sloth, celebrity obsession, impaired brain function, memory loss.
Today’s stop on the Girlie Man tour: Cheesecake Factory, San Diego.
Steve Lopez writes Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at steve.lopez@latimes and read previous columns at latimes.com/lopez.