Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Tuesday put up $1.5million of his personal fortune and took control of the effort to defeat an initiative to loosen legislative term limits – a move that also could bolster an expected run for governor in 2010. Poizner, the telegenic, media savvy multi-millionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur and moderate Republican, called Proposition 93 a “naked power grab” by lame-duck legislative leaders to extend their time in office. His involvement gives the campaign a ready cash flow that could bring in as much as $5 million. And it also provides visibility – for both the opposition effort and himself. Poizner, elected as insurance commissioner last November – the highest ranking California Republican politician other than Gov. Arnold Scwharzenegger – denied using the ballot measure campaign for his own political future. [email protected] (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I can’t stop all the speculation about a possible gubernatorial run,” he said at a news conference. “But I won’t let that speculation stop me from doing the right thing. The fact is, I’m an elected statewide official and voters are counting on me to play a role in informing them when they’re about to get deceived or hurt.” Former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, now lieutenant governor and potentially a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2010, criticized Poizner for straying from what he said was Poizner’s elected duties. “Today our state is still recovering from last month’s devastating Southern California fires where nearly 2000 people lost their homes,” Garamendi said. “I would expect that our Insurance Commissioner would be focused on helping our fellow Californians rebuild their lives, not playing politics. There will be plenty of time for politics tomorrow.” Poizner’s contribution came just one day after an additional $1.5 million contribution from Virginia-based U.S. Term Limits one day earlier – the kind of cash that ensures that voters will get a full dose of advertising as the campaign heats up. The $3 million infusion of cash also puts the opposition camp – now called the Alliance for California Renewal – ahead of the Proposition 93 campaign in the chase for money. The Committee for Term Limits and Legislative Reform has $644,000 on hand, after spending $2.7 million to get the measure on the Feb. 5 ballot.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “For a bad guy to access the piers, they only had to overcome the sentry,” Iuvale said. Now, the piers have a gate or kiosk system that protects the sentry, who remains in the gatehouse. Anyone attempting to gain access has to slide credentials through a pass window. “However, even if someone could take out a sentry in the gatehouse, they still cannot get through the gates,” Iuvale said. “These new gates are ‘force multipliers’ for the Security Department when operating them in an automated mode during slow periods. An automated gate reduces overall manpower requirements and frees up security personnel to perform other missions vital to force protection such as patrol, countersurveillance and random inspections.” “Pearl Harbor’s piers are now less vulnerable to acts of terrorism,” said Lt. Jeremy Gates, naval facilities construction team leader. “The automated gates provide an anti-terrorism force protection barrier between roadways and the piers, which provide service to ships and submarines. Physical security upgrades such as this, combined with anti-terrorism awareness training, helps make Navy personnel less vulnerable from attacks and acts of terrorism.” “Product support is vital because these piers are the lifelines to the ships,” Iuvale added. VALENCIA – Piers at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station in Hawaii are now protected by barriers from Valencia-based Delta Scientific, which protects some of the top potential terrorist targets in the world. Automated, linear gates have been installed at the historic station and surrounding piers to protect the operation and the assets. The equipment was installed as part of an overall regional effort to increase the protection at strategic locations. “The Navy installed this barrier system in order to provide an adequate level of force protection while maintaining a high level of efficiency on the piers,” Andrew Iuvale, anti-terrorism director for the Navy’s Hawaii region said in a statement. “In other words, we’ve been able to increase our force protection posture without impacting the mission of fleet support. Previously, the piers were protected by a swing gate guarded by a sentry who had the responsibility to assess and then grant or deny access. Pearl Harbor also uses Delta’s MP5000 portable barricades that are towed in place and set up in 15 minutes. Since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen in 2000, the Navy has employed many of Delta Scientific’s products at its facilities to protect vital infrastructure, from piers to hospitals, fuel storage and submarine bases. Delta is headquartered in Valencia, with its manufacturing facility in Palmdale.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!