Today in California:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the Caldecott Tunnel this morning to sign legislation that puts a congestion-busting transportation bond measure on the November ballot, but his visit to the Orinda side of the tunnel caused westbound traffic to slow and extended the morning slog toward the tunnel.
The 10:20 a.m. signing ceremony was held on a stony spit of land between the approaches to the north and center bores of the tunnel. Three CHP officers stood next to the highway, waving traffic past the site but many motorists still slowed to take a look. Some of them honked their horns and yelled “Arnold” as the governor stood at a podium.
Then he packed up and left, traffic sped up, and everyone exclaimed, “The governor did it! He solved the congestion problem!”