He had made a trip to California before [Arnold Schwarzenegger]'s announcement to talk about working for former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who was considering running for governor. He heard the news of Schwarzenegger's announcement while sitting by the pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills; the next day, Riordan, who had said he would run only if Schwarzenegger didn't, took him to breakfast at Shutters in Santa Monica, then to a meeting with Schwarzenegger.
A week after meeting Schwarzenegger, [Mike Murphy] returned to Los Angeles and met with White. During his stay in Los Angeles, Murphy helped out with the Aug. 20 meeting of Schwarzenegger's Economic Recovery Council, headed by [Warren E. Buffett] and former Secretary of State George P. Shultz. But Murphy sneaked out of the LAX Westin, where the event was held, through the hotel kitchen so reporters wouldn't notice him.
Murphy also scheduled more appearances and opened up the candidate more to media scrutiny. The candidate did an extensive press conference with reporters in Riverside the Thursday after Labor Day. At [Don Sipple]'s suggestion, Schwarzenegger did a half-dozen "Ask Arnold" events, pseudo town halls where friendly groups were invited to send representatives to quiz the candidate.