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Friday, July 13, 2007

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1. OVERDUE BUDGET DAY 13...............................VO/SOT

2. LEAD ELECTRONIC WASTE...............................VO/SOT

3. ELDER ABUSE RECOGNITION TRAINING........VO/SOT

1. OVERDUE BUDGET DAY 13 VO/SOT

LIVE:

A GROUP THAT ADVOCATES FOR MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT SAYS THE OVERDUE STATE BUDGET WILL HURT LAWMAKERS' EFFORTS TO EXTEND THEIR TIME IN OFFICE. A MEASURE TO EXTEND LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS WILL LIKELY BE INCLUDED ON NEXT FEBRUARY'S PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY BALLOT.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:30)

WITH THE STATE'S FISCAL YEAR STARTING JULY FIRST, FRIDAY THE 13TH MEANS CALIFORNIA'S BUDGET IS NOW 13 DAYS LATE. LEGISLATIVE LEADERS MET YESTERDAY FOR BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS, WHICH RESULTED WITH A NEW ROUND OF FINGER-POINTING BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, BUT NO BUDGET RESOLUTION. NO LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS WERE SCHEDULED TODAY. COMMON CAUSE POLICY ADVOCATE NED WIGGLESWORTH SAYS VOTERS WILL REMEMBER LAWMAKER'S LACKADAISICAL ATTITUDE TO COMPLETING A TIMELY BUDGET WHEN CONSIDERING THE LIKELY BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT WILL ALLOW THE CURRENT LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP TO EXTEND THEIR TERMS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICES. BUT THE GROUP PROMOTING THE INITIATIVE SAYS A LATE BUDGET WORKS IN LAWMAKERS' FAVOR.

SUPER: NED WIGGLESWORTH/COMMON CAUSE

SOT: (0:18)

SAYS: "TAXPAYERS AND VOTERS WANT LEGISLATORS TO DO THEIR JOB. WHEN LEGISLATORS DON'T DO THEIR JOB, WHEN THEY CAN'T PASS A BUDGET ON TIME, THEY CAN'T BALANCE THE STATE'S CHECKBOOK, UH, WHEN THEY'RE NOT SPENDING AS MUCH TIME AT THE CAPITOL AS THEY OUGHT TO BE, VOTERS ARE GOING TO THINK THEY'RE NO DOING THEIR JOB, AND COME FEBRUARY, THEY'RE GOING TO BE MUCH LESS LIKELY TO GIVE THESE GUYS MORE TIME IN OFFICE."

SUPER: RICHARD STAPLER/ TERM LIMITS AND LEGISLATIVE REFORM ACT

SOT: (0:21)

SAYS: "THIS IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHY WE NEED THIS TERM LIMITS REFORM. IN ORDER TO NEGOTIATE A BUDGET, YOU NEED EXPERIENCED WHO UNDERSTAND THE INS AND OUTS OF A 140 BILLION DOLLAR SPENDING DOCUMENT. AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE, ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE VILLINES, WHO'S A WONDERFUL GUY; THIS IS THE FIRST BUDGET THAT HE'S EVER HAD TO NEGOTIATE. AND THAT CREATES REAL PROBLEMS FOR REAL PEOPLE."

VO TAG:

RICHARD STAPLER, THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR THE TERM LIMITS AND LEGISLATIVE REFORM ACT, SAYS HIS GROUP WILL TURN IN ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO PLACE THE TERM LIMITS MEASURE ON THE FEBRUARY BALLOT IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS. THE JULY BULLETIN FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE RELEASED TODAY INDICATES THE STATE RECEIVED 306 MILLION DOLLARS LESS IN JUNE THAN THE GOVERNOR'S MAY BUDGET REVISION FORECAST, ADDING TO THE CHALLENGE OF BALANCING THE BUDGET.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

SOUNDBITES FROM VILLINES WERE RECORDED ON THURSDAY. WIGGLESWORTH AND STAPLER WERE INTERVIEWED TODAY.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: NED WIGGLESWORTH/COMMON CAUSE

SOT: (0:20)

SAYS: "THEY DON'T HAVE A SENSE OF URGENCY BECAUSE NONE OF THEM ARE AFRAID OF LOSING ELECTIONS, I MEAN, THE REFORMS THAT WE NEED ARE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM TO REDUCE THE INFLUENCE OF SPECIAL INTERESTS. WE NEED REDISTRICTING REFORM TO RESTORE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY IN ELECTIONS. UNTIL WE GET, UNTIL WE CHANGE THE WAY THESE GUYS GET INTO OFFICE, THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO IGNORE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, AND CONTINUE NOT TO DO THEIR JOB."

SUPER: RICHARD STAPLER/ TERM LIMITS AND LEGISLATIVE REFORM ACT

SOT: (0:14)

SAYS: "PRIOR TO TERM LIMITS, LIMITS BEING PASSED IN 1990 WE HAD, UH, WE HAD LATE BUDGETS, BACK INTO THE 1970'S WE HAD LATE BUDGETS. AND SO THIS IS, THIS IS NOTHING NEW. SO I REALLY DON'T FEEL THAT IT HAS ANY BEARING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER IN WHAT HAPPENS IN FEBRUARY."

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE VILLINES/R-CLOVIS

ON SUGGESTIONS LAWMAKERS LOSE THEIR PAY DURING THE PERIOD A BUDGET IS OVERDUE

SOT: (0:08)

SAYS: "YEAH, I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT. THERE, THERE ARE DIFFERENT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS OUT THEY THAT SAY MAYBE WE'LL LOOK AT THAT, AND MAYBE THAT'S PART OF BUDGET REFORM FOR NEXT YEAR. I DON'T I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT."

ON WHETHER REPUBLICANS ARE ATTEMPTING TO LEVERAGE BUDGET ISSUES TO EXPLOIT CONCERN OVER PENDING TERM LIMITS BALLOT MEASURE:

SOT: (0:22)

SAYS: "I MEAN, THAT'S COME UP A LOT. PEOPLE SAYING WELL BECAUSE OF TERM LIMITS YOU WANT TO DELAY. THAT MEANS NOTHING TO ME, I MEAN, THAT MEANS NOTHING TO OUR CAUCUS,. I MEAN, I REALLY WANT TO GET A BUDGET THAT'S RESPONSIBLE. I SEE NO BENEFIT IN US DELAYING A BUDGET EVEN IF IT DID DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I MEAN, I THINK PEOPLE LOOK AT US, AND WE LOOK VERY SILLY AND IRRESPONSIBLE FOR NOT GETTING A BUDGET ON TIME PERIOD, REGARDLESS OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE AROUND IT.

2. LEAD ELECTRONIC WASTE VO/SOT

LIVE: THE CALIFORNIA BOARD THAT OVERSEES ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING CANNOT ASSURE THAT LEAD FROM COMPUTER MONITORS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC WASTE DOES NOT LEAVE THE STATE AND COME BACK INTO CALIFORNIA IN JEWELRY AND OTHER IMPORTS, PARTICULARLY FROM CHINA, THAT USE LEAD. CHEMISTS AT AN OHIO UNIVERSITY STUDIED JEWELRY RECALLED DUE TO UNSAFE LEAD LEVELS AND FOUND OTHER ELEMENTS THAT SUGGEST THE LEAD CAME FROM ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BOARDS.

SUPER: FILE

VO: (:20) THE UNITED NATIONS ESTIMATES 50 MILLION TONS OF E-WASTE ARE THROWN AWAY EACH YEAR. IN CALIFORNIA, 124 MILLION POUNDS OF COMPUTER MONITORS AND TELEVISION SETS WERE RECYCLED LAST YEAR ACCORDING TO THE INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD WHICH OVERSEES THE STATES PROGRAM. CONSUMERS IN CALIFORNIA PAY SIX, EIGHT OR TEN DOLLARS AND CAN TAKE THEIR OLD MONITORS AND T-V SETS TO 600 COLLECTION SITES. 60 RECYCLERS BREAK THEM DOWN INTO COMPONENTS WHICH ARE THEN SOLD AS COMMODITIES. THOSE CAN THEN BE RESOLD AND SHIPPED OVERSEAS WHICH THE STATE DOES NOT CONTROL. THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR THE WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD OFFERS THIS REASSURANCE FOR CONSUMERS WHO MAY BE AFRAID TO RECYCLE THEIR ELECTRONIC WASTE FOR FEAR IT WILL BE EXPORTED, THEN RE-IMPORTED AND POTENTIALLY HARM CHILDREN.

SUPER: JON MYERS/COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR/CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD

SOT: (05:44-06:28)(:44)

SAYS: "IT'S A POTENTIAL OF THAT HAPPENING, WHEREAS WHEN IT'S ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD OR A LANDFILL IT'S A HAZARD RIGHT THERE THAT WE KNOW COULD VERY WELL HAPPEN, WE KNOW WHAT'S INSIDE OF THOSE COMPUTERS SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE RECYCLED CORRECTLY BY GOING TO A CERTIFIED RECYCLER AT LEAST WE KNOW WE'RE MONITORING THE BREAK DOWN OF THE COMPUTER. WITH THIS PROGRAM WE'RE RECYCLING A LOT OF IT HERE SO IT DOESN'T HAVE TO GO OVERSEAS, IF WE BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE HERE TO REUSE IT IN CALIFORNIA AS WELL."

VO TAG: INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGERS ALSO POINT OUT THAT THE ONLY WASTE THEIR RECYCLING PROGRAM COVERS ARE COMPUTER MONITORS AND TELEVISIONS, SO OTHER ELECTRONIC WASTE IS NOT MONITORED AT THE RECYCLER LEVEL. THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR IS CONFIDENT THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO ADDRESSING CONCERNS WITH LEAD RE ENTERING THE UNITED STATES IN PRODUCTS PRIMARILY FOR CHILDREN. ELECTRONIC WASTE IS THE FASTEST GROWING WASTE PRODUCT IN THE UNITED STATES. THE INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD COLLECTS 60 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ON ITS RECYCLING PROGRAM AND USES IT FOR EXPANDING RECYCLING PROGRAMS AND MONITORING OF RECYCLERS.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

INFORMATION ON ELECTRONIC RECYCLING IN CALIFORNIA IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: JON MYERS/COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR/CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD

SOT: (:20)

SAYS: "THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE PART OF OUR RECYCLERS HERE IN CALIFORNIA ON WHERE THAT'S GOING. AS FAR AS PAPER WORK GOES, THEY'RE CERTIFYING WHERE THEY'RE SENDING IT TO IS A REPUTABLE COMPANY AND THAT IT'S GOING TO BE USED PROPERLY. WE HAVE SOME KIND OF CONTROL OVER IT. HOWEVER, WE DON'T HAVE THE MANPOWER TO GO OVERSEAS AND BE ABLE TO MONITOR ALL THOSE PLACES."

SOT: (:12)

SAYS: "ON THE E-WASTE PROGRAM WE'RE FORTUNATE THERE IS A RECOGNITION THAT THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM OF ELECTRONIC WASTE IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S THE FASTEST GROWING WASTE PRODUCT IN THE U-S, SO THERE'S A LOT OF EYES ON IT."

SOT: (:52)

SAYS: "THE ONES THAT WE WORK WITH GO THROUGH A RIGOROUS APPLICATION PROGRAM, SO WE GET TO MONITOR THEM, MATTER OF FACT, WE ARE PLACING MORE RESOURCES INTO THE ENFORCEMENT AND MONITORING OF THESE RECYCLERS HERE IN CALIFORNIA. BETWEEN US AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL WE'RE MONITORING THEM VERY CLOSELY. SO WOULD YOU SAY IT'S MORE LIKELY THE E-WASTE MORE OF THE E-WASTE BEING SHIPPED OUT PROBABLY DOESN'T COME FROM CALIFORNIA? I'D SAY IT COULD BE LESS COMING FROM CALIFORNIA JUST BECAUSE WE'RE MONITORING IT VERY CLOSELY HOWEVER, AS I TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF THE COVERED ELECTRONICS COMPUTER MONITORS AND TELEVISIONS -- THOSE THAT AREN'T COVERED WE CAN'T TRACK SO THERE'S A LOT ELECTRONICS NOT BEING COVERED THAT CAN LEAVE THE STATE AND GO TO OTHER AREAS."

SUPER: BEATRIZ SANDOVAL/PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER/CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD

SOT: (:45)

SAYS: "EN CALIFORNIA TENEMOS LEYES ... EL PELIGRO EN ESTE SENTIDO."

3. ELDER ABUSE RECOGNITION TRAINING VO/SOT

LIVE: ABOUT 120 PROSECUTORS AND POLICE OFFICERS FROM THROUGHOUT THE STATE ARE IN SACRAMENTO TO LEARN ABOUT HOW TO DETECT UNSCRUPULOUS OR UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS THAT PREY ON THE ELDERLY. THE CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD ORGANIZED TODAY'S TRAINING SEMINAR AT THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS.

SUPER: TODAY/DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) THE BOARD'S ENFORCEMENT CHIEF SAYS THESE INSTANCES OF FINANCIAL ELDER ABUSE HAVE INCREASED IN THE PAST DECADE DUE TO THE STATE'S AGING BABY BOOMER POPULATION. THE BOARD RECEIVES 20 THOUSAND COMPLAINTS PER YEAR ABOUT CONTRACTORS AND A GROWING NUMBER OF THOSE HAVE INDICATED POTENTIAL ELDER ABUSE.

SUPER: DAVID FOGT/ENFORCEMENT CHIEF/CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD

SOT: (:19)

SAYS: "THEY TARGET THE ELDERLY BECAUSE MANY OF OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS HAVE PAID THEIR HOMES OFF. THEY HAVE ASSETS, THEY'RE TRUSTING, THEY'RE VULNERABLE TO PHONE CALLS, TO BOILER ROOM TYPE OPERATIONS WHERE SOMEBODY CAN BE IN THEIR HOUSE, BEFRIEND THEM AND THEN GET ACCESS TO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN."

VO TAG: THIS IS THE BOARD'S FIRST SEMINAR ON ELDER ABUSE RECOGNITION. ANOTHER IS PLANNED FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATER THIS YEAR AND THE BOARD MAY CONSIDER ANNUAL SEMINARS LIKE TODAY'S.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: INSPECTOR GREGORY OVANESSIAN/SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT

SOT: (:25)

SAYS: "WE DEAL WITH A LOT OF CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY THAT ARE COMMITTED BY WHAT WE CALL TRANSIENT CRIMINALS. THOSE WOULD BE PEOPLE SUCH AS THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT FROM WITHIN THE AMERICAN GYPSY POPULATION. PEOPLE KNOW THEM AS THE TRAVELERS, THE ETHNIC ENGLISH, IRISH, SCOTTISH TRAVELERS. AS WELL AS SOME OTHER GROUPS WHO PARTICULARLY TARGET ELDERS FOR FINANCIAL GAIN."

SOT: (:28)

SAYS: "RECENTLY I HAD A CASE WITH AN 83 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO LIVES IN A NEIGHBORHOOD IN SAN FRANCISCO WHO PAID 34 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HAVE HER SMALL HOME PAINTED ON THE EXTERIOR. AND IN SAN FRANCISCO THE HOMES ARE ATTACHED IN SOME NEIGHBORHOODS SO YOU ONLY HAVE THE FRONT AND THE BACK TO PAINT. WHAT THE INDIVIDUALS DID WAS SPRAY THE HOUSE WITH WATERED DOWN, INTERIOR LATEX PAINT. AND BEFORE THEY FINISHED THEY WERE ABLE TO GET 34 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM HER."

SUPER: DAVID FOGT/ENFORCEMENT CHIEF/CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD

SOT: (:18)

SAYS: "WE RECEIVE 20 THOUSAND COMPLAINTS A YEAR AND WE FIND THAT COMPRISED WITHIN THOSE COMPLAINTS ARE EVIDENCE OF ELDER ABUSE, OUR ELDERS ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY CONTRACTORS, MANY OF THEM ARE UNLICENSED, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE MONEY IN A VERY EASY MANNER WITHOUT ACTUALLY PERFORMING ANY WORK."

SOT: (:18)

SAYS: "THEY'LL GO TO TAX RECORDS AND FIND OUT HOW LONG THEY'VE OWNED THE HOUSE. IF THE TITLE'S CLEAR, CHANCES ARE, THEY'RE ELDERLY. THEY'LL TARGET THOSE INDIVIDUALS BY SOLICITING FOR WORK. THEY CAN BE IN THEIR LIVING ROOM WITHIN A NUMBER OF HOURS, WITH THE INTENTION OF GETTING THEM TO SIGN A CONTRACT AT AN INFLATED PRICE FOR WORK THAT MAY NEVER BE DONE."

SUPER: MARIA KENNEDY/COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR/CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD

SOT: (:38)

SAYS: "MUCHA DE LAS QUEJAS ... PARA ABUSAR DE ELLAS."

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