It’s like a scene from one of his action blockbusters: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rolls in on an M47 Patton tank, plowing through a taxi, 66 birthday cakes, bubble wrap and a giant Easter egg to the strains of “The Final Countdown.”
“I finally have achieved my lifelong dream,” he says. “Come to LA, and crush things in my tank!”
The video, which has been viewed more than 8.7 million times since it premiered online March 12, was part of a fundraising campaign by Schwarzenegger for his After-School All-Stars organization, which runs programs for almost 90,000 low-income youths across the country.
The simple hook, inspired by a Reddit Q&A: One lucky donor and a friend would be chosen to join Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles and spend an afternoon crushing things with the tank he drove in the Austrian army.
Last week, Schwarzenegger announced a winner: Alex Mihelick of Dallas will get an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles to crush a car and other things to be determined.
The campaign also brought in more than $500,000, which will be matched by Schwarzenegger.
– Alexei Koseff
Ever since Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act during his first term in 1975, there have been efforts at the Capitol to overturn the law’s $250,000 limit on medical malpractice awards. That battle may heat up once again if an initiative sponsored by Consumer Watchdog makes the November ballot. The group and its allies have announced that they will turn in 830,000 signatures for the measure to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters on Monday.
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“This is not a partisan comment. This is an IT comment.”
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