SACRAMENTO, CA: The "masters of disaster" Chris Lehane and Mark
Fabiani are no longer working for Governor Gray Davis following the
settlement of a suit filed by an activist taxpayers organization.
Neither consultant will be paid for the work they did to help Gov. Davis
with the state's energy crisis. They were hired at the end of May, and
their $30,000 monthly retainer was heavily criticized. The fee
was the subject of a suit by the National Tax Limitation Committee. The
state controller also threatened to block the payments.
The two had also worked for Southern California Edison, which was said
to be a conflict of interest.
"They are writing it off and not pursuing compensation," said Hilary
McLean, Gov. Davis' chief deputy press secretary. "As Chris said, it is
not worth the trouble."