CHOPPING BLOCK

Schwarzenegger to Fire Thousands

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting in touch with his old character, the Terminator, as he prepares to cut 5000 state workers in order to rein in California’s $15.4 billion budget shortfall. The governor’s most drastic plan includes cutting 225,000 children from state health-care rolls, turning out thousands of undocumented immigrants from state prisons and handing them over to federal authorities, and borrowing $6 billion to pay bills. Schwarzenegger also plans to cut $3 billion from schools, and to sell the Los Angeles Coliseum and Sports Arena. Ouch.