The cat has climbed the ladder of success swiftly since she was first appointed as the stationmaster in January 2007. Tama was promoted to “Super Stationmaster” the following year and to corporate executive in a mere three years since her first appointment. Tama is officially introduced as an operating officer on the company’s Web site.
Brown, the state attorney general and an all-but-declared candidate this year for governor, is acting governor because Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature’s top leaders are in Washington, D.C. seeking federal funding for recession-plagued California.
When the governor is out of the state, the lieutenant governor typically assumes the governor’s duties. But California has no lieutenant governor – the last one, John Garamendi, resigned after he won a House seat in the 10th Congressional District.
Garamendi’s replacement, appointed by the governor, is Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria. But Maldonado has not yet been confirmed.
With no lieutenant governor, next in line is the leader of the Senate, Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and after him, it’s Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles. But both Steinberg and Bass are with Schwarzenegger in Washington.
The next up is Secretary of State Debra Bowen, but she is out of the state on a family matter.