I was pleased to hear about Governor Schwarzenegger’s appointment of Susan Kennedy as his new chief of staff. I have known Susan for several years and know that her number one affiliation is as a Californian. As a Republican in a”blue” state I am always pulling for my team when it comes to appointments and recognition, but Kennedy is a great person for this job right now. She has worked tirelessly for Californians her whole career. She knows how government works. In her recent tenure as a PUC commissioner she has been a great advocate for market-based solutions, including letting Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and broadband grow without onerous regulations. Her common-sense approach to solving problems will serve the state of California well. Additionally (and important to Cisco), she knows the value of the technology industry to the economy in California. The Governor seems to be working to remove the D’s and the R’s next to people’s names in Sacramento and wants a C (Californian) next to all names. Susan will be a great help in building that vision.Pat Clarey is also a friend and I know her to be a great manager and a great advocate for California. Her talent and drive will be missed in the horseshoe, but she will remain a great asset to our state.Pat, good luck. Susan, we look forward to working with you.