All that federal money in Barack Obama's recovery plan will be funneled through state and local officials. The President-elect has reached out to California for ideas and major appointments, saying this state leads the nation on energy and the environment. Mayor Villaraigosa will have a critical role in the flow of federal money. His biggest job will be to speed up local bureaucrats whose slogan is, "saying no never gets you in trouble." But two other Californians will play even more significant roles in the cabinet and the White House.