The Riggs Report: Defining Schwarzenegger and Trump

How similar are ex-governor and would-be president?

It seemed especially appropriate last week when NBC announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be replacing Donald Trump as host of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

It’ll give Arnold the chance to customize one of his famous film tag lines. “You’re terminated!” or “You won’t be back!” come to mind, among others.

The change also makes perfect economic and marketing sense. Schwarzenegger made it very clear, in a farewell interview I conducted with him in his smoking tent in the final weeks of his governorship, that he had every intention of staying actively involved…

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Lindsey Goodwin and Erin Dunlay Earn Promotions to Account Manager

September 17, 2015

Sacramento – Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s top-ranked locally-owned public relations firm, today announced that Lindsey Goodwin and Erin Dunlay have earned promotions from Senior Account Executive to Account Manager. This achievement is a reflection of their success managing complex day-to-day operations for the firm’s national public relations account, University of Phoenix, as well as their commitment to delivering results for clients and the firm.

“Lindsey Goodwin and Erin Dunlay have done an outstanding job managing media and public relations efforts in 87 media markets across the country for University of Phoenix,” Randle President and CEO…

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The Riggs Report: Queen Elizabeth’s perilous California journey

Now Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, her 1983 visit was anything but sunny

As I was reading reports this week of Queen Elizabeth II’s new milestone—officially becoming, at the age of 89, Great Britain’s longest-ruling monarch—it occurred to me that it might be a good drought-busting move to invite her back to California.

There’s a certain bit of history here. When the queen paid her first visit to the West Coast—an 11-day trip back in 1983—it was a rain-soaked journey; an eventful and hazardous trip accompanied by a fierce El Nino system that drenched her entourage and the hapless press…

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Mike Gazda Earns Promotion to Account Manager

September 3, 2015

Sacramento – Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s top-ranked locally-owned public relations firm, today announced that Mike Gazda has earned a promotion to Account Manager. This achievement is a reflection of Gazda’s expertise and dedication to clients as well as Randle’s commitment to recognize and reward employees for teamwork, professionalism, and superior performance.

“Mike is a trusted voice with extensive real-world media experience, and he has delivered exceptional results for our clients,” Randle President and CEO Jeff Randle said. “He plays a leadership role on major accounts and is a dedicated team player. His promotion to Account…

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The Riggs Report: Roads, taxes and retribution

Democrats need Republicans to raise California gas tax

In these waning days of the legislative session, the Democrats who rule under the Capitol dome find themselves in the relatively rare position of needing Republican votes; in this case, to raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon and to raise the state’s vehicle license fee.

The cause? To raise money to repair California’s badly dilapidated road system. Gov. Jerry Brown said earlier this year, the price tag for that backlog of repairs totals a whopping $59 billion.

That repair figure is daunting but not nearly as…

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Randle Communications Recognized as Sacramento’s Top-Ranked Locally-Owned Public Relations Firm

August 28, 2015

Sacramento – Today Randle Communications (Randle) was recognized for a third consecutive year as the Sacramento Region’s top locally-owned Public Relations agency by the Sacramento Business Journal. In overall rankings, Randle maintained its status as the second largest firm among other local, national and global agencies in the region.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the third consecutive year as Sacramento’s top ranked locally-owned public relations firm,” Randle President & CEO Jeff Randle said. “This achievement is a reflection of our dedicated and talented team of professionals and fantastic clients.”

Randle has been…

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The Riggs Report: Biden’s pending bid

US vice president gets big encouragement to enter the race for the White House

Vice President Joe Biden is getting plenty of encouragement to make the leap into the race for the White House, including from his own boss.

Biden had lunch with President Obama this week, and according to media reports, Obama did nothing to discourage the notion of his candidacy.

In fact, a White House spokesman left the door open this week to a possible presidential endorsement in the primary season, while also telling reporters Obama believes his move to name Biden as his VP…

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The Riggs Report: Sacramento’s drought-driven makeover

Water meters, once unthinkable, are part of the ‘new normal’

California’s persistent drought is getting a lot of national media attention of late. Just this week, the New York Times took a detailed look at the state’s post-recession growth, and how that recovering prosperity is raising questions about how to manage scarce water supplies.

“It is forcing communities to balance a robust demand for new housing with concerns that the drought is not cyclical but rather the start of permanent, more arid conditions caused by global warming,” observed reporter Adam Nagourney.

It’s an updated version of an…

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The Riggs Report: Proposition fever

Huge number of ballot measures cleared for signature-gathering

We’re 15 months away from the November 2016 election, but these are hardly the dog days of summer for the political class.

Business is booming for California activists and consultants who are working to qualify a remarkably long list of proposed ballot measures.

Two measures have already qualified for the ballot in 2016; a measure to repeal the state’s ban on plastic bags and a measure designed to capture the state’s fair share of federal funding for Medi-Cal services. In addition, there is a dizzying array of 34 other…

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The Riggs Report: A budget ghost is retired

$14 billion bond approved by voters is now paid off

Think of it as a ghost of the massive budget crises that dominated California’s Capitol for years. Proposition 57 was approved by voters in March 2004 in order to keep the state from running out of cash to pay its bills. And now, 11 years later, that $14 billion bond is being paid off, and paid off early to boot.

That is significant. State Treasurer John Chiang’s announcement that the debt has been erased a year early means a savings to taxpayers of $60 million in interest payments.…

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