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Thursday, July 12, 2007

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1. STATE TAX BOARD GOES GREEN....................VO/SOT

2. CHINESE IMPORTS/CONGRESS........................VO/SOT

3. HEAT WAVE DEATHS UNDERCOUNTED..........VO/SOT

4. STILL NO BUDGET..............................................VO/SOT

5. SAN QUENTIN MEDICAL FUNDING...................VO/SOT

1. STATE TAX BOARD GOES GREEN VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE STATE FRANCHISE TAX BOARD HOSTED ITS FIRST GREEN FAIR TODAY, TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONSCIOUS EFFORTS AMONG ITS EMPLOYEES. THE F-T-B CURRENTLY EMPLOYS ABOUT 4000 RESIDENTS IN THE SACRAMENTO AREA.

SUPER: TODAY/ FRANCHISE TAX BOARD/SACRAMENTO COUNTY

VO: (:25)

TODAY'S GREEN FAIR AT THE F-T-B OFFICE COMPLEX NEAR SACRAMENTO INCLUDED 35 BOOTHS, WITH INFORMATION AND DISPLAYS ON ENERGY CONSERVATION EFFORTS, ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. EXECUTIVE OFFICER SELVI STANISLAUS SAYS NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF F-T-B EMPLOYEES ALREADY USE ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION TO COMMUTE TO WORK, THE F-T-B OFFICE COMPLEX INCLUDES ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS AND DROUGHT RESISTANT LANDSCAPING, AND ITS EMPLOYEES RECYCLED NEARLY 800 TONS OF PAPER LAST YEAR.

SUPER: SELVI STANISLAUS/EXECUTIVE OFFICER/FRANCHISE TAX BOARD

SOT: (0:23)

REPORTER: "THE F-T-B IS ALREADY FAIRLY GREEN, SO WHAT, HOW ARE THE TAXPAYERS BEING BENEFITED BY STATE EMPLOYEES GETTING TIME OFF WORK TO BE ENTERTAINED ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY TAKING PLACE ANYWAY?"

SAYS: "THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. THEY'RE NOT GETTING TIME OFF WORK. THEY'RE DOING THIS DURING THEIR LUNCH HOUR, OR THEIR LUNCH BREAK. SOME HAVE A HALF-HOUR LUNCH BREAK, SOME OF THEM HAVE A ONE HOUR LUNCH BREAK. SO THEY ARE DOING THIS DURING THEIR LUNCH BREAK."

VO TAG:

STANISLAUS SAYS THE EMPLOYEES WHO APPROACHED HER TO ORGANIZE THE GREEN FAIR WERE DIRECTED TO DO SO ON THEIR OWN TIME, EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER THEIR WORK DAY, OR DURING THEIR LUNCH BREAKS.

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SUPER: SELVI STANISLAUS/EXECUTIVE OFFICER/FRANCHISE TAX BOARD

SOT: (0:28)

SAYS: "WE ARE A GREEN DEPARTMENT. SOME OF THE THINGS WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST IS RECYCLE WHITE PAPER, WE RE-USE THE WHITE PAPER, WE RECYCLE, 37 PERCENT OF OUR EMPLOYEES THEY CARPOOL, THEY VAN POOL, THEY USE THE LIGHT RAIL, THEY BIKE TO WORK, WHICH IS REALLY GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE FREE PARKING HERE, WE ALSO HAVE SOLAR PANELS ON OUR ROOFTOPS, IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR STATE CARS THEY'RE ALL HYBRID CARS, SO WE ARE REALLY A GREEN DEPARTMENT."

2. CHINESE IMPORTS/CONGRESS VO/SOT

LIVE: THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE SENATE'S AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE IS CALLING ON CALIFORNIA'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO DO SOMETHING TO IMPROVE SCREENING OF FOOD PRODUCTS IMPORTED INTO CALIFORNIA. SENATOR ABEL MALDONADO SENT A LETTER TO CALIFORNIA'S 55 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND UNITED STATES SENATE THIS MORNING.

SUPER: FILE

VO: (:15) IN THE LETTER, THE SENATOR FROM SANTA MARIA STATES THAT HE IS GRAVELY CONCERNED THAT FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION INSPECTORS ONLY CHECK ONE POINT THREE PERCENT OF THE FOOD IMPORTED INTO THE U-S. MALDONADO SAYS GIVEN THE TAINTED PET FOOD AND 900 THOUSAND TUBES OF TOOTHPASTE CONTAINING ANTI FREEZE IMPORTED FROM CHINA TO THE U-S IN RECENT MONTHS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST STEP UP EFFORTS. MALDONADO'S LETTER ADDS THAT IF NOT, CALIFORNIA WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE MATTERS INTO ITS OWN HANDS. THE SENATOR DOES NOT SAY SPECIFICALLY WHAT THE STATE CAN AND WILL DO HOWEVER.

SUPER: SENATOR ABEL MALDONADO/R-SANTA MARIA

SOT: (:35)

SAYS: "CAN WE SNAP OUR FINGERS AND DO SOMETHING, NO. WE NEED TO WORK WITH FDA AND GIVE THEM SOME AUTHORITY TO START INSPECTING ACROSS THE WORLD BEFORE IT COMES INTO OUR COUNTRY. IS THERE A RELUCTANCE TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW? I THINK IT'S RESOURCES, THEY SAY WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES, NUMBER TWO, THEY SEE CHINA IS A GOOD TRADING PARTNER. AND YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK CHINA IS TRYING TO BE A GOOD TRADING PARTNER, BUT THEIR ACTIONS AREN'T TELLING US THAT THEY DO, THAT THEY ARE. THE PRODUCT THAT THEY'RE SENDING HERE IS A PROBLEM. "

SUPER: FILE

VO TAG: MALDONADO SAYS HE PLANS FURTHER HEARINGS TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS WITH LACK OF INSPECTIONS AND TO TAKE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW THIS MIGHT BE MITIGATED. HE IS ALSO EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING ON FOOD AND MEDICAL PRODUCTS.

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SUPER: SENATOR ABEL MALDONADO/R-SANTA MARIA

SOT: (:25)

SAYS: "WHAT I WAN TO HEAR FROM THEM IS THAT THEY'RE FOCUSED ON THE ISSUE, IT'S A GROWING PROBLEM IN AMERICA, WE HAVE MORE AND MORE IMPORTS AND LESS AND LESS INSPECTIONS. THAT'S A PROBLEM FOR US HERE. WE KNOW IT'S HAPPENED WITH FISH, WE KNOW IT'S HAPPENED WITH TOOTH PASTE, WE KNOW IT HAPPENED WITH PET FOOD, IT'S A GROWING ISSUE AND IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, WE'RE CONTINUE TO PRESS AND PRESS AND PRESS AND PUT MORE SUNLIGHT ON THIS ISSUE."

SOT: (:25)

SAYS: "GO DOWN TO THE PORTS, GET THE MEDIA INVOLVED, AND IF CONGRESS DOESN'T WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO VOICE OUR OPINIONS. WHAT CAN WE DO? WE CAN CONTINUE TO PUT SUNLIGHT ON IT. IT IS MY JOB AS CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR FOOD SAFETY, PUBLIC SAFETY AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PUT MORE SUNLIGHT AND MAKE NOISE AND MAKE MORE NOISE, SOMEBODY HAS TO WAKE UP, WHAT WE HAVE TODAY IS UNACCEPTABLE."

3. HEAT WAVE DEATHS UNDERCOUNTED VO/SOT

LIVE: THE STATE SENATOR WHO CONVENED A HEARING TO DETERMINE WHETHER STATE HEAT EMERGENCY PLANS ARE ADEQUATE IS TROUBLED ABOUT AN ASSOCIATED PRESS INVESTIGATION THAT INDICATES THE STATE MAY HAVE UNDERCOUNTED THE NUMBER OF HEAT RELATED DEATHS BY AS MUCH AS THREE TIMES.

SUPER: JULY 10, 2007/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:15) IN TUESDAY'S HEARING OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE, THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTORS INDICATED 143 PEOPLE HAD DIED IN CALIFORNIA DURING LAST SUMMER'S NEARLY TWO WEEKS OF TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES. THE STUDY INDICATES JULY DEATHS WERE 466 MORE THAN THE AVERAGE OF THE PREVIOUS SIX YEARS IN 2006.

SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (:33)

SAYS: "I THINK THAT WE FOUND IN THAT HEARING THAT WE HAVE A RESILIENT PLAN ACCORDING TO THE ADMINISTRATION THAT STARTS FROM THE BOTTOM UP. AND IF WE'RE NOT GETTING THE RIGHT INFORMATION, NOT JUST FROM CORONERS BUT FROM PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, CLINICS, FROM THOSE WHO CAN RECOGNIZE HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES AND DEATHS, IT'S GOING TO DO US VERY LITTLE GOOD TO HAVE THE RIGHT ACCOUNTING FOR THEM. IT'S PRETTY SAD WHEN THE MEDIA HAS TO TELL GOVERNMENT HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED IN A HEAT WAVE. I MEAN, TO US, GOVERNMENT'S JOB AT MINIMUM IS TO ACCOUNT FOR THE DEATHS AND ILLNESSES SO WE CAN HAVE A BETTER RESPONSE PLAN AND THAT CLEARLY WASN'T DONE IN THIS CASE."

SUPER: AUGUST 2006/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO TAG: HEARINGS LAST YEAR FOLLOWING THE HEAT WAVE WERE CONVENED AS WELL. THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S OWN REPORT ADMITS DEATHS COULD POTENTIALLY BE UNDERCOUNTED DUE TO DEATHS THAT OCCURRED AFTER THE HIGH PERIOD OF HEAT THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO HEAT RELATED CAUSES. THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT DID NOT PROVIDE ANYBODY FOR AN ON CAMERA INTERVIEW.

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SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (:40)

SAYS: "GOING BACK NOW LOOKING AT THIS REPORT CAN WE GET BETTER NUMBERS, CAN WE GET BETTER STATISTICS SO WE CAN ACTUALLY KNOW WHERE THE TYPES OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES OCCURRED WE CAN HAVE BETTER SERVICES THERE IN PREPARATION FOR FUTURE HEAT WAVES, THE NUMBERS HAVE TO TELL US IN ESSENCE THAT THERE ARE PLACES IN CALIFORNIA THAT WE DID NOT ACCOUNT FOR ACCORDING TO THIS REPORT WHERE WE PEOPLE PASSED AWAY AND IN MANY CASES WE DIDN'T ACCOUNT FOR THEIR DEATHS, BEYOND JUST COOLING CENTERS A LOCAL RESPONSE THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN SWATHS OF PLACES WHERE WE NEED TO HAVE BETTER SERVICES AND COULD HAVE DONE A LITTLE MORE."

SELECT COMMITTEE ON GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND TITLE 9 IMPLEMENTATION. FLOREZ WILL CHAIR A SELECT COMMITTEE TO DELVE INTO GENDER DISCRIMINATION CASES AT CSU CAMPUSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL JENNIFER IN FLOREZ'S OFFICE AT 916-651-4016.

SOT: (:43)

SAYS: "I THINK HE'S FAILING TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A SYSTEM WIDE ISSUE. WE'D LIKE A BETTER RESPONSE FROM HIM THAT HE WAS GOING TO LOOK INTO THIS VERY SERIOUSLY, THAT WOMEN AND DISCRIMINATION ARE NOT A VERY GOOD MIX AT OUR COLLEGES PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO SPORTS PROGRAMS, AND THE FACT IS FRESNO STATE HAS NOT IMPLEMENTED TITLE NINE THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE SO WE'RE VERY HAPPY SENATOR PERATA HAS AGREED TO CREATE A SELECT COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT EVERY CSU CAMPUS IN THE SYSTEM TO ASK THE CRITICAL QUESTION WHETHER WOMEN'S SPORTS ARE ACTUALLY TREATED EQUALLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WHETHER THERE IS WIDE SPREAD DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND CAN WE CLEAR THAT UP EARLY THROUGH POLICIES RATHER THAN HAVE SIX MILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENTS AS WE'VE SEEN IN FRESNO STATE'S CASE."

4. STILL NO BUDGET VO/SOT

LIVE: THE LEADERS OF THE STATE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY PLAN TO PUT THEIR PARTY'S BUDGET PLAN UP FOR A VOTE ON THEIR RESPECTIVE FLOORS NEXT WEEK. THE STATE'S SPENDING PLAN IS 12 DAYS OVERDUE TODAY, AND LEADERS FROM BOTH HOUSES AND BOTH PARTIES MET IN THE SPEAKER'S OFFICE THIS MORNING AT THE STATE CAPITOL.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:20) MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY CONVENED TODAY FOR SESSION, AND SENATORS CHECKED IN, MEANING THEY ONLY HAD TO INFORM A SECRETARY OR SERGEANT THEY WERE IN THE BUILDING TO RECEIVE PER DIEM WHICH WILL BE PAID RETROACTIVELY WHEN A BUDGET IN SIGNED. NUNEZ'S STAFF SAYS THE BUDGET WILL LIKELY COME UP FOR A VOTE NEXT WEDNESDAY. ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ AND SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA SAY THEIR PARTY'S PLAN HAS A LOWER DEFICIT AND GREATER RESERVE THAN THE GOVERNOR'S.

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:19)

SAYS: "WE'RE DO IT WITH THE CONSENT AND SUPPORT OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OR WITHOUT. BUT WE BELIEVE IT TO BE A RESPONSIBILITY OF THE REPUBLICANS OF THIS LEGISLATURE TO GIVE A FULL AND DETAILED EXPLANATION TO THE VOTERS AND PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA THAT THEY'RE HOLDING UP THE BUDGET AND TO WHY IN EFFECT THEY'RE HOLDING UP THE BUDGET."

SUPER: ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN LEADER MIKE VILLINES/R-CLOVIS

SOT: (:18)

SAYS: "IF WE TOOK THE CONFERENCE ITEM THAT ENDED, WE HAVE ABOUT TWO BILLION DOLLARS THAT WE'RE SPENDING THAT WE DON'T HAVE AND THAT WILL INCREASE NEXT YEAR'S PROBLEM. EVERYBODY BACK HOME WHO'S HARD WORKING IS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEND TWO BILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN THEY HAVE WITH NO CONCERN. THIS IS A TIME WE HAVE TO DO THAT."

VO TAG: SPEAKER NUNEZ SAYS HE HAS CANCELLED HIS VACATION. LEGISLATORS ARE SET TO ADJOURN FOR SUMMER RESOURCE NEXT FRIDAY, PROVIDED A SPENDING PLAN HAS PASSED BOTH HOUSES. HE SAYS HE WILL REQUIRE ALL 80 MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY TO REMAIN IN SACRAMENTO UNTIL A BUDGET AGREEMENT IS REACHED.

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SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:35)

SAYS: "SOME PEOPLE AROUND HERE ARE TAKING A LACKAGSIACL ATTITUDE ABOUT THE BUDGET. SINCE RECESS IS THE 20TH, WE DON'T HAVE TO START ON THE BUDGET UNTIL THE 20TH. AND I'VE ALREADY CANCELLED MY VACATION PLANS, I'M PREPARED. AS OF EARLY NEXT WEEK, I'M GOING TO MAKE SURE I'M HERE EVERY DAY UNTIL A BUDGET IS DONE, EVERY MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY IS GONNA BE HERE, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAYS UNTIL WE DELIVER A BUDGET FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE."

SOT: (:17)

SAYS: "PARECE HASTA ESTE MOMENTO .. EN TODO CALIFORNIA."

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN LAIRD/D-SANTA CRUZ

SOT: (:15)

SAYS: "MIKE VILLINES WAS INSTALLED WITH THE IDEA OF THEM HANGING TOGETHER ON THE BUDGET. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE. I JUST WISH THEY WERE HANGING TOGETHER AROUND A SPECIFIC PROPOSAL THAT WE COULD MOVE TO TRY TO SHUT THIS DOWN."

SUPER: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN/R-TUSTIN

SOT: (:14)

SAYS: "THEY'RE NOT SO SMALL WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE OVERALL THING. WE WANT TO HOLD THAT AND BRING IT DOWN YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO OPERATE WITH THE DEFICIT SPENDING SITUATION AND HAVE THE OUT YEAR DEFICITS GO UP, YOU JUST CAN'T DO THAT."

SOT: (:07)

SAYS: "THE STATE HAS ENOUGH CASH FLOW TO OPERATE FOR 30 TO 60 DAYS, IF WE GO BEYOND THAT, THAT COULD BE A PROBLEM."

SUPER: SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

SOT: (:14)

SAYS: "WE'RE ONLY TALKING ABOUT TWO THINGS HERE, HOW BIG IS THE RESERVE AND THE OPERATING DEFICIT. ON BOTH THOSE NUMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO BE BETTER THAN THE GOVERNOR. WHAT MORE COULD WE DO. SO HE GETS TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO THEM."

5. SAN QUENTIN MEDICAL FUNDING VO/SOT

LIVE: THE STATE ASSEMBLY APPROVED SPENDING 146 MILLION DOLLARS TO IMPROVE MEDICAL FACILITIES AT SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON. THAT MONEY WILL COME FROM THE NINE BILLION DOLLAR PRISON REFORM BONDS APPROVED BY LAWMAKERS EARLIER THIS YEAR.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:15) A PROPOSAL IN THE SENATE PROVIDED MONEY OUTSIDE THE BOND FUNDS FOR THE MEDICAL WING. NOT ALL REPUBLICANS AGREE ON HOW APPROVAL OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL INSULATE THE STATE TREASURY FROM THE FEDERAL RECEIVER WHO NOW CONTROLS PRISON MEDICAL PROGRAMS ON ORDERS OF A FEDERAL JUDGE.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN TODD SPITZER/R-ORANGE

SOT: (:40)

SAYS: "I WOULD EXTEND OUT MY GIG TOO IF I WAS MAKING 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR, THE POINT IS THIS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MEASURE, THIS LEGISLATURE IS ACTING RESPONSIBLY WE DON'T GET TO BLAME PRIOR LEGISLATURES. BUT THIS IS THE PROJECT DU JOUR AND NEXT WEEK IT'LL BE A CAP AND NEXT WEEK IT'LL BE SOMETHING ELSE AND NEXT WEEK IT'LL BE A PLAN, IF A THREE JUDGE PANEL ANNOUNCES A CAP, WE DON'T HAVE A PLAN."

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN CHUCK DEVORE/R-IRVINE

SOT: (:20)

SAYS: "THE ONLY WAY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE LEGISLATIVE STANDING IS IF SOME DAY WE STAND AND SAY NO, WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO WHAT YOU SAY. THEN WE HAVE A FEW OPTIONS, MR. SILLEN CAN SEND FEDERAL MARSHALS PRESUMABLY TO ARREST US, HE CAN FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS THREAT TO BACK A TRUCK TO OUR TREASURY AND SIMPLY SEIZE THE MONEY. OR THE JUDGES COULD DO THINGS LIKE RELEASE PRISONERS TO THE STREETS AND SUCH LIKE."

SUPER: FILE

VO TAG: THE BILL NOW GOES TO THE STATE SENATE.

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