Schwarzenegger Snubs Ron Cowan



Musn't forget to point out yesterday's juicy Matier and Ross item on how Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told Alameda developer and Don Perata crony Ron Cowan to shove it. Cowan did a good deal of behind the scenes maneuvering to create the Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority, and everyone knew he wanted to chair the group. But Schwarzenegger went with Charlene Haught Johnson instead, and M&R think it's because Cowan has a few too many conflicts of interest that could compromise him. Now, Cowan only his has considerable fortune to console him.