With a long-awaited state water deal in sight, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger finally took action on hundreds of bills that had been sitting on his desk for almost a month -- a frenzied burst of signatures and vetoes that stretched into the wee hours of Monday morning, The Mercury News reports. In all, the governor, who had threatened mass vetoes unless legislators committed to forging a water reform package, signed 478 bills and rejected 229. He reliably favored the state's business interests but also boosted two of his favored causes: education reform and green technology. Among the most sweeping is a...

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