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An environmental group surveyed employees of the California Fish and Game Department just before she left. More than half of those surveyed reported some permit applicants received favorable treatment if they sought help from Schafer's office or the governor.
But perhaps more foreboding for DEQ staffers trying to do the right thing with Meadowcraft, 20 percent of their counterparts surveyed in California reported they had "been directed to ignore an environmental law, regulation or violation."