With approval ratings at record lows for Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic-dominated Legislature, it wouldn't be a surprise if Californians started looking outside the two major parties for a savior.
Green Party gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells would like to be that alternative. The Oakland woman toured Sacramento this week to announce her candidacy while preaching her message of budget reform and higher taxes on wealthy Californians.
Like Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, Wells has no previous elected experience and is emphasizing her outsider status. The financial systems manager ran on the Green ticket for state controller in 2002 and 2006.