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Topic - Len Simon
It's the most populous state in the union, with an economy larger than most countries and a former governor who is the former "Terminator." But when times are tough, California turns to the big guns, the mercenaries who give voice to the voiceless: Washington lobbyists.
Len Simon, a former U.S. Conference of Mayors staffer who now heads a private consultancy representing individual municipalities, said the early days of the stimulus were the busiest in his decades-long career.
"Members thought the crunch point between making a decision about a local issue and getting it done was the bureaucrat," Mr. Simon said.