Haute 100 Los Angeles Update: Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Today, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves office after serving seven years. But who really knows if “The Terminator” will be back…

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Category: Thinkers

Industry: Politics

Company: State of California

What Made Him Haute: Primarily known for his iconic role as the cyborg sent to kill from the future in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi film The Terminator, Schwarzenegger, now 63, gained worldwide notoriety. Then in 2003, the famed bodybuilder and actor added politician to his professions when he was elected governor of California.

What Makes Him Haute Now: With his seven-year term at an end, Schwarzenegger leaves the state with both improvements and some setbacks. According to The Huffington Post, “as Schwarzenegger leaves office, California has the nation’s lowest credit rating,” yet the state has an even larger budget deficit than before. The Austrian-American actor turned governor also aimed to terminate greenhouse gas emissions as part of his environmental policy while in office.

Monday, on his final day in office, Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentences of 12 criminals, including cutting the 16-year prison term of Esteban Nuñez, son of Schwarzenegger’s political ally Fabian Nuñez, to seven years.

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