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Is the Gov. getting his boards crossed?

March 26, 2008 |  3:55 pm

Chiropractor He hires, he fires, and still The Governator doesn't seem to get it. Just what, exactly, are all those pesky state advisory boards and commissions for? (Extra credit: And who should sit on them?)

State auditors are doing their best to explain as they release the results of an inquiry into the doings of the state's Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Patrick McGreevy has details:

The state board overseeing chiropractors has dragged its heels on consumer complaints, violated open meeting laws and taken other inappropriate actions because members, who include political appointees with close ties to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, did not understand their role, according to a state audit released Tuesday.

So who sits on the chiropractic board? Two of Arnold Schwarzenegger's former chiropractors, one of whom was best man at the governor's wedding. (He also appointed one of his dentists to, yes, the dental board.) Though state boards exist to protect you and me from fraud and misconduct, this was once news to Schwarzenegger.

"What is important to us is: Does the chiropractic board represent the chiropractors?" Schwarzenegger said last year.

Add to that The Governator's recent removal from the state parks board of his pal, Clint Eastwood, and his brother-in-law, Bobby Shriver (both of whom pre-date Schwarzenegger's administration) after the pair lobbied against a toll road near San Onofre State Beach, and we're back to the initial question.

State boards and commissions -- does it seem like Schwarzenegger puts the wrong guys on and takes the right guys off?

--Veronique de Turenne

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