Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Eastwood becomes driftwood in Schwarzenegger's book

Clint Eastwood learned last week that the governator had dropped him from California's state parks commission after more than seven years of service. Schwarzenegger's brother-in-law, Bobby Shriver, was also dropped.

The governor said their terms had expired and he wanted to give other people the opportunity to serve.

The actor and Shriver believe, however, that the governor possibly decided against their reappointment because of their opposition to a plan to build the Foothill South toll road through the surfing haven of San Onofre Beach in Orange County. The project was rejected in February.

Schwarzenegger claimed that the toll road would alleviate traffic and reduce global warming.

Eastwood says he has no hard feelings toward the governor but was confused at his sudden removal after the governor had known about the actor's opposition to the toll road for more than two years.

Eastwood, however, clashed with the California Coastal Commission in 2006 when it rejected a golf course and housing development that he and his business partners had proposed at Pebble Beach.

Hollywood actors: always ready to play the role.

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