I'm pretty sure Ellen Stern Harris never met Arnold Schwarzenegger, having spent most of her life in politics as opposed to popping in for a role challenge, but it was gracious of the governor to put out the following press release on Jan. 6:
Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on the Passing of Ellen Stern Harris
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Ellen Stern Harris:
"I am deeply saddened by the recent death of Ellen Stern Harris, the 'godmother' of California's environmental movement," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "One of the main reasons I came to California as ann immigrant was the image of magnificent coastline and beaches. Future generations will be able to enjoy those natural resources forever thanks to her vision and tireless efforts."
Ms. Harris was best known for co-authoring Proposition 20, the citizen initiative that led to the formation of the California Coastal Commission and the California Coastal Act. But she also protected California consumers as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. When Harris was named Times Woman of the Year in 1969, she was described as "a modern kind of earth mother who fights for land, sea, and air."
She was also a dedicated public official, serving on the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Coastal Commission. Ms. Harris was the only woman appointed to the first Coastal Commission in 1972 and served as it Vice Chair.
Fans and friends of Ellen will be meeting Jan. 8 at the Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 (in the formal garden).
Link to a map and directions on Ellen's web site www.BeverlyHillsCitizen.org.