VETOED	DATE: 09/29/2004

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1520 without my signature.

This bill would create the California Veterans Memorials Commission,
and authorize the design, construction and dedication of veterans
memorials.  The bill would provide that all funding for the memorials
and for the operation and support of the Commission would be from
private contributions.

While I strongly support the men and women of California who have
served this Nation and believe there is no higher priority than
honoring and caring for our veterans, this bill is unnecessary.
California has already established the California Veterans Memoriala
memorial to all California Veteransin Capitol Park.

In addition, California already has agencies, boards and commissions
with overlapping and related responsibilities that should be
consolidated to make government more efficient, effective and
transparent.  The enactment of AB 1520 would add a new state
commission rather than consolidate or reduce the number of existing

For this reason I am returning this bill without my signature.


Arnold Schwarzenegger