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Guess who wants to be Governor?


georgespictures-0132California has had its share of entertainers as politicians — Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, even Sonny Bono. But the state could use a little fashion sense (or at least that’s what New Yorkers say).    

Now Guess Inc co-founder Georges Marciano is making a bid for California governor. Running as an independent, Marciano joins a high-profile list of candidates including former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

French-born Marciano, who long ago sold his stake in the jeans maker to his brothers, now works primarily in real estate.

Marciano says his mission is government transparency, economic prosperity and jobs. 
And free jeans for everyone … (ok, we made that up, but wouldn’t it be nice?)

The Governator wants to slim you down


schwarzeneggerblog.jpgCalifornia Gov. (and “Terminator” star) Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed a law that would make the Golden State the first in the nation to require restaurants to post calorie counts and other nutrition information on menus.

The move from the nation’s most populous state is just the latest salvo in its war on obesity.