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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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1. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.....................................VO/SOT

2. SPEAKER/CHEESE SANDWICH PROTEST.......VO/SOT

3. VOTER INTIMIDATION BILL................................VO/SOT

4. STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS.............VO/SOT

5. STEM CELL RESEARCH BOARD.....................................VO/FILE

6. PUBLIC BOND SALE.........................................................VO/FILE

1. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND VO/SOT

LIVE:

THERE IS VERY LITTLE CHANGE IN THE PERCEPTION OF THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE FEDERAL NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT. THE EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE TODAY RELEASED ITS ANNUAL SURVEY ON PUBLIC EDUCATION, FOCUSING THIS YEAR ON THE IMPACT OF THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:25)

THE E-T-S SURVEY WAS INTENDED TO MEASURE THE PUBLIC'S ATTITUDE REGARDING THE PENDING CONGRESSIONAL RE-AUTHORIZATION OF NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. THE FIRST NATIONAL E-T-S EDUCATION SURVEY WAS TAKEN IN 2001, AS CONGRESS WAS ORIGINALLY CONSIDERING PASSING THE ACT. POLLSTER ALLAN RIVLIN SAYS THIS YEAR'S SURVEY INDICATES THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS KNOW LITTLE ABOUT THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT, WITH CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS SLIGHTLY LESS AWARE OF IT THAN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS AMONG POLL RESPONDENTS, A SLIM MAJORITY NATIONWIDE INITIALLY OPPOSES RE-AUTHORIZING THE ACT, UNTIL THE ACT IS EXPLAINED TO THEM. ONCE THEY ARE TOLD IT, SUPPORT FOR IT REACHES ABOUT A 55 PERCENT MAJORITY.

SUPER: ALLAN RIVLIN /PETER D. HART RESEARCH

SOT: (0:35)

SAYS: "IN EVERY SURVEY WE'VE DONE OVER SEVEN YEARS, WE'VE ASKED THE PARENTS TO GRADE THE SCHOOLS. HOW DO YOU THINK OUR SCHOOLS ARE DOING. AND WE SEE NO CHANGE, OVER SEVEN YEARS. WHILE OUR LEGISLATORS, AND OUR STATE CAPITOLS AND IN WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THIS LEGISLATION, DEBATING IT, PASSING IT, IMPLEMENTING IT, FIGHTING OVER IT, THE PUBLIC HAS GIVEN THE SAME GRADE TO OUR NATION'S SCHOOLS. A 'C.' JUST ABOUT 52 PERCENT OF THE PUBLIC, THE BAREST OF MAJORITIES SAY OUR SCHOOLS NEED MAJOR CHANGES, OR A COMPLETE OVERHAUL. ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME NUMBER WHEN WE FIRST STARTED DOING THIS SURVEY."

VO TAG:

RIVLIN SAYS OVERALL, POLL RESPONDENTS CITE LACK OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE TO PUBLIC EDUCATION, BUT THERE IS NO CONSENSUS ON WHAT SPECIFIC STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REFORM THE SYSTEM.

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SUPER: ALLAN RIVLIN /PETER D. HART RESEARCH

SOT: (0:22)

SAYS: "WHAT THE TEACHERS ARE LOOKING FOR, WHAT SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS ARE LOOKING FOR AND WHAT PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR IS MORE FLEXIBILITY, AND MORE EMPHASIS NOT JUST IDENTIFYING STUDENTS THAT ARE STRUGGLING, NOT JUST IDENTIFYING SCHOOLS THAT ARE STRUGGLING, BUT FINDING WAYS TO FIX THE PROBLEMS, FINDING WAYS TO HELP THE STUDENTS, AND GET MORE RESOURCES TO THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE STRUGGLING. BUT THEY'RE NOT LOOKING FOR ONE-SIZE-FITS ALL SOLUTIONS."

SOT: (0:21)

SAYS: "IF A SCHOOL COMES UP SHORT THE TESTING, THE STATE TESTING ON THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND STANDARDS, UH, THEY DON'T SAY PUNISH THE SCHOOLS, THEY DON'T SAY REPLACE THE TEACHERS OR THE ADMINISTRATORS, WHAT THEY SAY IS, WE NEED TO SEE A CHANGE PLAN. WE NEED TO SEE EVIDENCE THAT THERE'S A NEW APPROACH. AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT'S IN THAT PLAN, AS LONG AS IT'S NOT DOING THE SAME THING AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT."

SUPER: STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL/D-SAN LUIS OBISPO

SOT: (0:14)

SAYS: "I WOULD HOPE WITH THE PENDING RE-AUTHORIZATION OF NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, THERE'S MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR THE STATE, A GREATER INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND MORE WAYS TO INVOLVE AND ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY, OUR PARENTS, IN OUR CHILD'S EDUCATION."

2. SPEAKER CHEESE SANDWICH PROTEST VO/SOT

LIVE: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ IS GIVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICTS SUPERINTENDENTS UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH TO INFORM HIM WHETHER THEIR DISTRICTS USE SUBSTANDARD SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS AREN'T CAUGHT UP ON PAYMENTS FOR REDUCED COST OR REGULAR PRICED LUNCHES. THE SPEAKER IS SENDING LETTERS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS TODAY.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) NUNEZ'S ACTION COMES AFTER REPORTS THAT A CHULA VISTA SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS SERVING KIDS CHEESE SANDWICHES AND NOTHING ELSE FOR LUNCH IF THEIR PARENTS HADN'T PAID THE FULL TAB FOR THEIR LUNCHES. THE SPEAKER SAYS HE OBJECTS TO STIGMATIZING THE KIDS FOR THEIR PARENTS BAD ACTIONS AND HOPES HIS LETTER WILL ENABLE HIM TO FIND OUT HOW WIDESPREAD THE PRACTICE IS IN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS.

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:25)

SAYS: "WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT WHO THIS UNIVERSE OF KIDS IS, BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER TO ME, WHETHER IT'S THE REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM THAT'S IMPACTED OR THE PARENTS WHO HAVE TO PAY THE FULL PRICE IF THEY'RE PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM, ALL THOSE KIDS DESERVE TO GET THE RIGHT NUTRITIONAL LUNCH THAT THEY DESERVE, NO ONE SHOULD BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST HERE."

SUPER: FILE

VO TAG: THE SPEAKER SAYS HE IS PREPARED TO AUTHOR LEGISLATION TO STOP THE PRACTICE DEPENDING ON HOW WIDE SPREAD IT IS, EVEN THOUGH HE ACKNOWLEDGES DISTRICTS THAT USE THE CHEESE SANDWICH OR ALTERNATE LUNCH FOR NON PAYERS HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN COLLECTING THE DEBTS. NUNEZ'S LETTER SEEKS TO FIND OUT HOW WHETHER EACH DISTRICT HAS SUCH A POLICY, IF SO FOR HOW LONG AND HOW MANY KIDS ARE AFFECTED BY THE POLICY ANNUALLY. THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION'S OFFICE DOES NOT TRACK THE NUMBER OF DISTRICTS THAT ENGAGE IN THIS PRACTICE, BUT SAYS EACH DISTRICT SETS ITS OWN POLICY FOR PAYMENT COLLECTION.

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SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:34)

SAYS: "WHAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE DONE IS TAKE PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST THE CHILDREN FOR THE FAULTS OF THEIR PARENTS, AND THAT IS JUST NOT RIGHT AND WE'RE GOING TO DO AN INQUIRY. WE'RE SENDING A LETTER TODAY TO EVERY SUPERINTENDENT OF CALIFORNIA, OVER A THOUSAND OF THEM. ASKING THEM SOME VERY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THIS PRACTICE IS GOING ON, WHO'S DOING IT AND WHAT TYPES OF KIDS ARE BEGIN SUBJECT TO THIS PUNISHMENT THROUGH THE LUNCH PROGRAM."

SOT: (:07)

SAYS: "IF THEY WANT TO SEND A BILL COLLECTOR AFTER THE PARENTS, THAT'S ONE THING, BUT TO TAKE PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST THE CHILDREN I THINK IS TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS."

SOT: (:29)

SAYS: "CUANDO LOS PADRES NO ESTAN PAGANDO .. VALORES DE NUESTRAS ESCUELAS PUBLICAS."

REACTION TO NEW YORK MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG LEAVING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO BECOME INDEPENDENT AND POTENTIALLY RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

SOT: (:27)

SAYS: "I THINK HE'S A GOOD MAYOR, SOME PEOPLE SAY HE'S A MAVERICK, I DON'T THINK HE'S MUCH OF A MAVERICK I THINK HE'S A PRACTICAL PERSON. HE'S DONE A GREAT JOB AS MAYOR OF NEW YORK AND I THINK WE NEED MORE PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR POLITICAL PARTY SYSTEM. MORE AND MORE VOTERS ARE GOING INDEPENDENT OR DECLINED TO STATE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT FINDING REFUGE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY."

3. VOTER INTIMIDATION BILL VO/SOT

LIVE: LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE NOTIFICATION FOR ALL CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE ABOUT VOTER INTIMIDATION AND FRAUD LAWS IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING STATE LAW. A BILL TO MANDATE THE NOTIFICATION PASSED THE SENATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE THIS MORNING AT THE STATE CAPITOL.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) THE MEASURE IS AUTHORED BY DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLYMAN JOSE SOLORIO. HE REPRESENTS PARTS OF ORANGE COUNTY, WHERE A CANDIDATE FOR OFFICE SENT 14 THOUSAND LETTERS TO LATINOS, MANY OF THEM CITIZENS, STATING THAT IF THEY WERE IMMIGRANTS THEY WOULD BE JAILED OR DEPORTED IF THEY VOTED. SOLORIO WAS ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS OF THAT LETTER.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN JOSE SOLORIO/D-SANTA ANA

SOT: (:25)

SAYS: "DO WE NEED TO HAVE MORE LAWS TO COVER AN EXISTING LAW, AND THE POINT OF MY BILL IS CANDIDATES AREN'T AWARE OF WHAT THESE LAWS ARE REGARDING VOTER INTIMIDATION AND VOTER FRAUD. WHAT MY BILL DOES IS ASK CAN A REGISTRAR OF VOTERS PUT IN CANDIDATE HANDBOOK WHAT THE LAWS ARE IN REGARD TO VOTER INTIMIDATION AND VOTER FRAUD, AND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING THOSE LAWS."

SUPER: FILE

VO TAG: SOLORIO'S BILL HAS PASSED THE STATE ASSEMBLY. ITS NEXT HEARING IS IN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. THE ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE DETERMINED THE BILL HAD MINIMAL COSTS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE TO PROVIDE COPIES OF THE STATE'S VOTING INTIMIDATION LAWS TO COUNTY REGISTRARS.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

SOLORIO'S BILL IS AB-122.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN JOSE SOLORIO/D-SANTA ANA

SOT: (:45)

SAYS: "THERE WAS A HIGH PROFILE INCIDENT OF A CONGRESSIONAL RACE WHERE ONE CANDIDATE SENT OUT A LETTER TO 14 THOUSAND LATINOS, MYSELF INCLUDED, WITH VERY AMBIGUOUS AND MISLEADING INFORMATION SAYING IF WE WERE ILLEGAL OR AN IMMIGRANT, I'M AN IMMIGRANT BUT A NATURALIZED CITIZEN, THAT WE COULD GO TO JAIL AND BE DEPORTED IF WE VOTE. CLEARLY THE INTENT WAS TO INTIMIDATE LATINOS FROM VOTING AND THAT'S THE KIND OF THING WE WANT TO PREVENT IN THE FUTURE."

SOT: (:36)

SAYS: "CLARAMENTE EL INTENTO .. INTIMIDIR A VOTANTES."

4. STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS VO/SOT

LIVE:

STARTING NEXT YEAR, THE COST OF PROVIDING HEALTH BENEFITS TO STATE EMPLOYEES AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREES WILL INCREASE BY SLIGHTLY MORE THAN SIX PERCENT, THE LOWEST INCREASE IN TEN YEARS. THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM BOARD APPROVED A 6.3 PERCENT PREMIUM INCREASE FOR 2008 THIS MORNING.

SUPER: TODAY/CALIFORNIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25)

CAL-PERS NEGOTIATES HEALTH INSURANCE PAYMENTS FOR 1.2 MILLION INDIVIDUALS, MOSTLY STATE EMPLOYEES AND SOME LOCAL GOVERNMENT RETIRED EMPLOYEES. FOR STATE EMPLOYEES, CALIFORNIA PAYS 80 PERCENT OF THE COST DIRECTLY, AND THE OTHER 20 PERCENT IS DEDUCTED FROM EMPLOYEE SALARIES. CAL-PERS BOARD CHAIRMAN ROB FECKNER SAYS OTHER CHANGES TO STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTH PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR INCLUDE FIVE DOLLAR CO-PAY INCREASES FOR H-M-O OFFICE VISITS, AND THE ELIMINATION OF CO-PAYS FOR PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES.

SUPER: ROB FECKNER /CHAIRMAN/CALPERS BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION

SOT: (0:18)

SAYS: "TAXPAYERS ARE GOING TO BE A LOT LESS THAN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD WE NOT BEEN DOING HARD NEGOTIATION WE'VE BEEN DOING, MAKING THE BUSINESS DECISION WE MADE, LIKE WITH THE W-H-A AND CHANGING THE OFFICE VISIT CO-PAY ETCETERA. THOSE WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT HIGHER HAD WE NOT MADE THOSE TOUGH DECISIONS. SO THE TAXPAYERS' ACTUALLY GOING TO REAP THE REWARD AND THE BENEFIT OF THESE."

VO TAG:

FECKNER SAYS THE STATE HAD BUDGETED FOR A 9.5 PERCENT INCREASE IN HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR NEXT YEAR, SO THE 6.3 PERCENT PREMIUM INCREASE WILL LOWER THE FORECASTED COST TO THE STATE BY ABOUT 65 MILLION DOLLARS.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: ROB FECKNER /CHAIRMAN/CALPERS BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION

ON THE IMPACT TO STATE EMPLOYEES AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREES:

SOT: (0:17)

SAYS: "WE UNDERSTAND THE PAIN OUT THERE, AND WE TRY TO MINIMIZE IT THE BEST WE CAN, SO WE JUST ASK THEM TO KEEP WORKING WITH US, WE DO UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY ARE, WE'RE IN THE SAME BOAT THEY ARE. THE MEMBERS OF THIS BOARD, ARE, A LOT OF THEM HAVE THE BENEFIT HEALTH INSURANCE, SO THE RATE INCREASES WE VOTE ON ARE OUR OWN RATE INCREASES."

ON THE ELIMINATION OF THE SACRAMENTO-AREA BASED WESTERN HEALTH ADVANTAGE PLAN:

SOT: (0:23)

SAYS: "THEY STARTED AT A LOWER RATE, SO THEY COULD RAISE THEM AT A HIGHER PERCENTAGE EACH YEAR, AND STILL STAY BELOW THE OTHER HMO'S. BUT THEIR RATE INCREASES HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE THAN THE OTHER PLANS FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS. AND THAT'S TROUBLING. ALONG WITH THE FACT THEY REFUSE TO DO DISEASE MANAGEMENT, THEY HAVEN'T PROVIDED THE TRANSPARENCY WE'VE ASKED THE OTHERS TO DO; IT WAS A TOUGH DECISION FOR THE BOARD TO MAKE, BUT ONE THAT WE THOUGHT THAT PROGRAMICALLY, WE HAD TO MAKE THAT."

5. STEM CELL RESEARCH BOARD VO/FILE

FEEDING FILE VIDEO OF CITIZEN'S OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE THAT PROVIDES GRANTS THROUGH CALIFORNIA'S STEM CELL RESEARCH BOND INITIATIVE.

SUPER: FILE

INFO: CALIFORNIA'S INDEPENDENT CITIZEN'S OVERSIGHT COMMISSION IS MADE UP OF 29 PUBLIC OFFICIALS INCLUDING UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS, PATIENT ADVOCATES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY EXPERTS WHO OVERSEE THE THREE BILLION DOLLARS IN BONDS APPROVED BY VOTERS IN 2004 TO FUND STEM CELL RESEARCH AT CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS. THE COMMISSION DETERMINES WHICH PROJECTS SHOULD RECEIVE GRANT FUNDING THROUGH THE BOND SALES WHICH HAD BEEN HELD UP FOLLOWING COURT CHALLENGES IN CALIFORNIA. A RECENT DECISION IN COURT FREED UP BOND SALES. IN THE MEANTIME, THE GOVERNOR APPROVED A 150 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN TO BEGIN RESEARCH PROJECTS. OVERSIGHT COMMISSION HAS APPROVED 200 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH SO FAR.

6. BOND SALE VO/FILE

FEEDING FILE VIDEO OF TREASURER BILL LOCKYER AND BOND WEBSITE AND PROJECT FILE

SUPER: FILE

INFO: MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC PURCHASED 690.2 MILLION DOLLARS OF A 2.5 BILLION DOLLAR BOND OFFERING MADE TO THE PUBLIC MONDAY AND TUESDAY THIS WEEK BEFORE BEING SOLD TO MUTUAL FUNDS AND LARGE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS TODAY. THESE BONDS ARE NOT THOSE APPROVED BY VOTERS IN 2006 FOR INFRASTRUCTURE BUT PRIOR YEAR GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND MEASURES FOR ISSUES SUCH AS WATER PROJECTS, CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES. THE TREASURER'S OFFICE REPORTS HIGH DEMAND HELPED REDUCE THE STATE'S BORROWING COSTS FOR THE BONDS. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THE TREASURER'S OFFICE LAUNCHED A WEBSITE PROMOTING THE PUBLIC SALE AND ADVERTISED IT ON THE RADIO. 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS SPENT FOR THE RADIO ADS.

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HPV Vaccine In Committee: Legislation to require girls receive a vaccine to prevent HPV as part of the required vaccines for school is still being held open for votes in the Senate Health Committee. It is currently 5-1 in favor of passage. The bill has already passed the Assembly.

First West Nile Case - The State Department of Health Services reports today that the first human case of West Nile virus this season is in a Kern County woman. She had given blood which was tested and the blood bank reported she had the virus. The 21 year old was not hospitalized but had symptoms including

fever and headache.

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