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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

Here’s why Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin de León are teaming up on climate change

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is joining forces with an influential Democrat to tackle one of California’s biggest problems: pollution from cars and trucks. The transportation sector is California’s largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution — and emissions are trending up, not down. But Schwarzenegger and Kevin de León, the former state Senate leader who is now running for a Los Angeles City Council seat, see an opportunity to clear the air. Los Angeles Times

California should stop thinking about more dams. The state is brimming with them

Think California should build a lot more dams to catch these deluges? Forget it. Yes, the next severe drought is inevitable. And after California dries out and becomes parched again, we’ll wish we’d saved more of the current torrents. Instead, the precious water is washing out to sea. There’s one dam being planned north of Sacramento in Colusa County that makes sense: Sites. There are also some dam expansion projects that could work. Los Angeles Times

Is This the Year for a Redistricting Revolution?

Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger agree: Neither thinks Donald Trump has any business being anywhere near the White House, but the main political issue they’re going to focus on for the next two years is redistricting reform. The clock is ticking. The 2020 census, and the nationwide 2021 redistricting right after, are around the corner. Deadlines for ballot initiatives and legislation are already on the horizon for some states to change their procedures before then. The Atlantic

Exporting California’s Redistricting Change

It is an old adage that California is a bellwether for the nation. Policy changes that happen here often flow eastward from tax revolts to climate strategies. Newly elected governor Gavin Newsom boldly predicted that recent California policies are the future for the rest of the country. Time will tell, but the idea that California political ideas will move the rest of the country is being tested currently, led by another of the Golden State’s governors. Fox & Hounds

Schwarzenegger On Gavin Newsom: ‘The Key Thing Is That He Governs For The People’

Among those on hand for the swearing in of Gov. Gavin Newsom was Arnold Schwarzenegger. CapRadio's Ben Adler caught up with the former California governor and actor after Newsom's speech to talk about the new governor, the future of the Republican Party in California, and the challenges of leading the state. Capital Public Radio

Gavin Newsom sworn in as California’s 40th governor

Gavin Christopher Newsom took his place as California’s 40th governor Monday, christening a new political era of progressive activism in a Golden State both brimming with wealth and hollowed by poverty. Beneath a tent outside the Capitol protecting him and thousands of well-wishers from the threat of rain, Newsom rested his hand on a Bible held by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye and recited the oath of office. Los Angeles Times 

Donald Trump On Climate Change: Fuel Economy Rollback Skewed Data To Justify Controversial Halt

A Trump administration proposal to roll back fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards in the auto industry is deeply flawed, a new study led by a team of top economists has found. The administration's proposal, the study said, relied upon an economic analysis that discarded at least $112 billion in benefits to keeping a higher standard of emissions. “This is an insane rollback from the perspective of the future competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry,” said Antonio Bento, the study's lead author and professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics of the University of Southern California. “It makes us less and less competitive internationally, and down the road we would lose the share of the international market we would otherwise have if we were to move towards car electrification.” Newsweek

Schwarzenegger’s midterm victories over gerrymandering

Arnold Schwarzenegger was not on the ballot in the midterms, but the former California governor’s influence was apparent in the outcome of reform initiatives in Michigan, Missouri, Colorado and Utah. Those four states were the 2018 battlegrounds in Schwarzenegger’s campaign to have independent commissions, rather than politicians in power, draw congressional boundaries after the 2020 census.  San Francisco Chronicle

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s War on Gerrymandering Is Just Beginning

Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to travel to the future of the gerrymandering war. Tuesday brought wins for independent redistricting commissions that Schwarzenegger backed in three of the four states where they were on the ballot—Michigan, Missouri, and Colorado, with Utah still counting, but also trending toward yes. Now the former California governor has begun planning a summit for advocates, donors, and the people behind some of the successful campaigns to brainstorm and build to more wins. The Atlantic

Schwarzenegger thanks Bainimarama for ‘Talanoa’ dialogue

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger thanked the Prime Minister and COP23 President, Voreqe Bainimarama for having the Talanoa Dialogue be part of COP23. The former California Governor had convened a meeting last week which brought together key actors and thought leaders to focus on the impact of sub-national financial systems, and to consider how joint public/private financing can support low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure in developing nations. The Fiji Times