SACRAMENTO – Six months ago, voters had their brightest outlook on California’s future in the past six years. That didn’t last long. A Field poll released Friday shows that voters now are evenly split over whether the state is headed in the right direction – an attitude fueled by growing frustration over what they believe is failed U.S. immigration policies and poorly performing schools. “People are dissatisfied with the whole state of the country and that affects their opinions toward California,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. The poll indicated that among those who have a dim view of California’s future, the largest proportion – 21percent – cited immigration issues, complaining that the border is not being properly controlled. Of voters expressing optimism, the largest percentage – again 21percent – cited their confidence in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leadership. The poll showed that 42percent of voters thought the state was headed in the right direction and 42percent said it was going in the wrong direction. A survey in March showed that 52percent believed the state was moving in the right direction with 38percent disagreeing. That was the most positive overall assessment since December 2001, prior to the state’s energy crisis and gubernatorial recall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department, inspected ATDD stand at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), held in Dubai on May 4 to 7, 2015.In statements, he affirmed the importance of taking part in the annual ATM exhibition, being a pivotal tourism event, providing a platform for participants trying to network and make use of potential business opportunities.Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid also highlighted the importance of focusing on available services, lauding the keenness of hospitality sector representatives to be part of ATDD delegations to all international exhibitions.Praising the promotional campaign launched at the ATDD stand, Sheikh Abdulaziz said, “Demand was increasing on Ajman hotels, and the Government of Ajman was investing in infrastructure and facilities with the aim of luring more visitors and being ready for different kinds of tourist activities and achieving the vision of a Charming Emirate and Unique Tourism Experience”.The ATDD Chairman also inspected participating UAE and GCC stands, as well as a number of European, Asian and African stands.For his part, ATDD General Manager said Ajman delegation to ATM 2014 focused on increasing awareness about potentials and offers in the tourism market, with paying a special attention to the needs and requirements of travellers and clarifying the added-value services.Participation of ATDD in all international events serve the strategic goal of enhancing the tourist image and identity of the emirate of Ajman, Faisal Al Nuaimi said, noting that ATDD aims to increase the number of visitors to the emirate in 2015 by 25%.The number of visitors to Ajman in 2014 was 850,000 visitors and ATDD aims to achieve the target of five million visitors to Ajman in 2021.