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Friday, June 22, 2007
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1. ILLEGAL STREET RACING CRACK DOWN VO/SOT
The California Office of Traffic Safety will announce 4.4 million dollars in grants for mobilization efforts and training programs for police officers throughout the state to detect and cite illegal modifications to vehicles, common among those who engage in illegal street racing. The program will be announced with demonstrations of some illegal modifications at a restaurant in suburban Sacramento County where a second grade teacher was killed by street racers. The Office of Traffic Safety statistics indicate an estimated 100 people are killed each year in California in illegal street races. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. DELTA SMELT HEARING VO/SOT
The Natural Resources Defense Council has asked a federal judge in Fresno to order reduced pumping in the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta at the State Department of Water Resources and federal Bureau of Reclamation pumping stations and/or increase flows from reservoirs to send endangered delta smelt downstream rather than upstream toward the pumps. They contend renewed increases in pumping after their 10 day shut down has increased the number of smelt killed. Smelt are considered an indicator for the overall health of the delta and its ecosystem and are endangered. The temporary restraining order being sought would only take effect until the delta water temperatures heat up and the fish have migrated out of that area. Efforting soundbites with Department of Water Resources officials in Sacramento about effects on water users and feeding file video of the delta and pumping stations.
3. PRODUCT LABELING VO/SOT
State Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) is conducting an informational hearing in Salinas to discuss the prospect of product labeling including country of origin, partially in light of Chinese imports that have contained melamine in pet food and battery acid in cough syrup and tooth paste. Efforting soundbites from consumer and grocer lobby groups in Sacramento.
4. SUPPORT OUR FLAG RALLY VO/SOT
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct what they call "support our flag" rally at the State Capitol. Efforting soundbites and video.
5. PENSION INITIATIVE VO/FILE
An initiative to change public pensions is being launched to qualify for an upcoming election. The new measure would increase the age to qualify and lower the amount of guaranteed return for retiree's pensions. Feeding file video of former Assemblyman Keith Richman who is launching the initiative drive.
6. LAOS PLOT RESTAURANTS VO
Efforting video of restaurants where federal officials allege Hmong Americans and sympathizers met to conduct arms deals in their alleged plot to overthrow the Laotian government.
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions - The California Energy Commission and the Public Utilities Commission will conduct a joint workshop on greenhouse gas emission policy at the State Resources building.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Las Vegas to discuss health care reform at an insurers convention.
The Senate and Assembly are not in session.
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