Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with California Governor Arnold Schwarzengger in the Golden State yesterday, and it was a total love fest. The Governator told reporters:
[Republicans and Democrats in Congress] are frozen. They can’t get anything done in Washington because it’s Democrats against Republicans and Republicans against Democrats, rather than, ‘Let us solve the problems of this country.’ And so this is why I admire him — I admire Mayor Bloomberg. He’s my soul mate. He’s the man.
Aw - we're sure that the Mayor is making sure all his West Coast friends drop a pretty penny into Arnold's campaign chest, as he did head out there for Arnie's fundraisers. (Oh, and to talk about "issues" too.)
Mayor Bloomberg announced the creation of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, which will work on the city's environmental agenda (Columbia's Earth Institute is one of the advisers). One thing that city is now doing is taking an inventory of how government operations emit carbon dioxide, use electricity, exhaust fumes from vehicles, etc.
The previous day, Mayor Bloomberg met with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to discuss education, but of course the talk turned to 2008. Villaraigosa, a Democrat, implied that he would support the Mayor if he ran for President. Yeah, but Bloomberg needs Heartland support if he wants to win. Which makes us wonder if there are any trips to Chicago planned?
Photograph Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Schwarzenegger by Paul Sakuma/AP