Teacher, Vol. 16, Issue 02
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who boasted to the Legislature last July that "there is no one that can stop me. Anyone who pushes me around, I will push back," was stopped cold in his efforts to hold the line on a state loan to a school district. What turned the former action-movie star around was not a political action committee or missile-shooting alien but a couple of people who refused to eat. Cesar Cruz, 30, and Israel Haros-Lopez, 27, fasted on liquids for 25 days, much of it in a park next to the state Capitol, until Schwarzenegger agreed to refinance the loan to the West Contra Costa Unified School District, knocking the interest rate from 5.7 percent to 2 percent, the Los Angeles Times reported.