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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007

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1. BUDGET 18 DAYS LATE.....................................VO/SOT

2. FLEX FUEL VEHICLES HEARING......................VO/SOT

3. FOSTER CARE AND YOUTH VIOLENCE HEARING......VO/SOT

4. EMERGENCY SERVICES/FIRE RESPONSE...................VO/SOT

5. HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS...................................VO/SOT

1. BUDGET 18 DAYS LATE UNSCRIPTED

ITEM FED UNSCRIPTED DUE TO TIME. SOUNDBITES NOT ON THE VIDEO FEED WILL BE ON THE WEB ITEM.

INFO:

LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ARE MEETING THIS AFTERNOON AT THE STATE CAPITOL, AFTER COMING TO A NEAR COMPROMISE LAST NIGHT ON THE STATE BUDGET. AFTER BEING PREPARED TO DECLARE AN IMPASSE AND PUT THE DEMOCRATS' VERSION OF THE SPENDING PLAN UP FOR A VOTE, WHICH REPUBLICANS VOWED TO REJECT, THE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER AND SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE CANCELLED THAT VOTE TODAY, AND HAVE BEEN MEETING THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH STAFF AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE. THE SPEAKER INDICATES NO CUTS WILL BE MADE TO KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH GRADE EDUCATION, BUT THAT ALL OTHER PROGRAMS ARE ON THE TABLE. THE ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN LEADER INDICATES NOTHING IS BEING CUT, BUT THAT THE GROWTH RATE FOR OTHER PROGRAMS WILL BE SLOWED.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20)

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:39)

SAYS: "WE WERE READY TO DECLARE AN IMPASSE TODAY IN FACT, SENATOR PERATA AND I HAD A SCHEDULED PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WERE AT IMPASSE. BUT WE BROKE GROUND ON NEGOTIATIONS LAST NIGHT AND WE'RE NO LONGER AT THAT PLACE SO WE'RE SAYING KEEP THE DOGS AWAY, EVERYBODY SHOULD REFRAIN FROM MAKING THIS A MUDDY FIGHT, WHERE WE START THROWING THINGS AT ONE ANOTHER AND INSTEAD WE DECIDED TO SCALE THAT CAMPAIGN AND CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AGAIN, WE SORT OF WENT BACK ON WHAT WE WERE INITIALLY GOING TO DO, BUT WE SAW PROGRESS."

SUPER: ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN LEADER MIKE VILLINES/R-CLOVIS

SOT: (:31)

SAYS: "LAST THURSDAY OR FRIDAY I FELT WE DID HIT IMPASSE FRANKLY, BUT OVER THE WEEKEND WE WERE WORKING AND THROUGH MONDAY AND TUESDAY WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY DILIGENTLY TOGETHER IN TRYING TO WHERE DO WE PUT CALIFORNIANS FIRST AND GET THIS DONE. WE ALL WANT TO MOVE TO HAVING A BUDGET DONE BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, WHEN I SAY MOVEMENT I SAY OPEN DISCUSSIONS, AS CLOSE TO ZERO AS POSSIBLE AND DOING THE BEST TO PAY OUR DEBT PAYMENTS AND I THINK WE'RE GETTING TO THAT SPOT."

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:29)

SAYS: "WE FOUND IT NECESSARY TO SAY IF OUR PROGRAMS ARE ON THE TABLE, EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE, AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN THEIR RIGHTFUL MIND WOULD BE WILLING TO SAY THE TWO AREAS WE'RE GOING TO CUT IS K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. IT WOULD JUST BE A CAREER BREAKER FOR ANY POLITICIAN ANYWHERE, SO I THINK WE'RE IN A GOOD PLACE RIGHT NOW AND MAKING PROGRESS."

SOT: (:33)

SAYS: "ESTOY MUY CONTENTO DE EL DIA DE AYER ... DOS MIL SIETE DOS MIL OCHO."

SUPER: ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN LEADER MIKE VILLINES/R-CLOVIS

SOT: (:23)

SAYS: "NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT CUTS IN GOVERNMENT RIGHT NOW, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS PUTTING ALL THE COLA'S ON THE TABLE AND IT MAKES SENSE TO MANAGE SOME OF THAT GROWTH, HARD WORKING CALIFORNIANS DON'T GET THAT GROWTH AND THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE GOVERNMENT GROW THAT WAY SO, THOSE HAVE BEEN THE DISCUSSIONS THAT WE'RE HAVING SO THERE'S NO SPECIFIC PROGRAM OR GROUP ON THE TABLE, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO RESOLVE FRANKLY A BUNCH OF DIFFICULT ISSUES AND WE'RE WORKING VERY WELL TOGETHER."

2. FLEX FUEL VEHICLES HEARING VO/SOT

LIVE: THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS COMMITTEE IS QUESTIONING THE STATE'S PURCHASE OF VEHICLES THAT MEET FEDERAL CLEAN AIR REQUIREMENTS, BUT ARE RUNNING ON GASOLINE INSTEAD OF ETHANOL BECAUSE THERE ARE NO ETHANOL STATIONS OUTSIDE OF SAN DIEGO.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ, COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND OTHER LEGISLATORS LISTENED TO TESTIMONY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES, ALTERNATIVE FUEL MANUFACTURERS AND STATE AIR OFFICIALS. FLOREZ IS CONCERNED THAT THE STATE PURCHASED 14 HUNDRED IMPALA E-85'S AND PLACED THEM THROUGHOUT THE STATE IN SPITE OF THE FUEL BEING UNAVAILABLE IN MOST LOCATIONS. THE STATE ADMITS THERE IS FLAW IN THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENT THAT ALLOWS THE PURCHASE OF THE VEHICLES BUT DOESN'T REQUIRE THEY RUN ON THE ALTERNATIVE FUEL THEY ARE INTENDED TO.

SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (:22)

SAYS: "WE TOUT IT AS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUT WE'RE PUTTING REGULAR GASOLINE IN A CAR THAT'S SUPPOSED TO HAVE ETHANOL AND WHAT IT MEANS IS WE HAVE VEHICLES OUT THERE THAT ARE BEING MORE POLLUTING THAN THE ALTERNATIVE COULD HAVE BEEN AND THAT INCLUDES HYBRIDS NECESSARY PARTICULARLY IN INNER CITIES AND OUR TOUGHEST AIR BASINS LIKE THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AND THE LOS ANGELES AREA."

SUPER: ROB COOK/FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR/DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES

SOT: (20:23-:55)(:22)

SAYS: "IN TRYING TO MEET THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FRANKLY THAT IS NOT SOMETHING WE ARE ANY GOOD AT BUILDING STATE INFRASTRUCTURE IS SOMETHING WE'RE NOT GOOD AT THE ONLY PLACE THIS IS GOING TO HAVE THE IMPACT IS WHERE THIS IS AVAILABLE IT NEEDS A DISTRIBUTIVE NETWORK."

VO TAG: THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES SAYS THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HYBRIDS IN PRODUCTION TO MEET THE STATE DEMAND. FLOREZ SAYS THE ETHANOL CAPABLE VEHICLES COST 20 PERCENT MORE THAN THE SAME CAR THAT RUNS ON GASOLINE.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: TOM KOEHLER/LOBBYIST/PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC

SOT: (:19)

SAYS: "WHAT I WOULD DO IS CONCENTRATE THE CARS INTO ONE LOCATION INSTEAD OF HAVING THEM SPREAD OUT AND CONCENTRATE THEM IN THE LOCATION WHERE THERE COULD BE CENTRALIZED FUELING AND FILL THEM UP."

SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (:13)

SAYS: "UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE A SWEET HEART DEAL WITH ONE COMPANY SO WE WANT TO ASK THE ADMINISTRATION WHY ARE WE PICKING THIS PARTICULAR MODE WHICH ARE E-85 VEHICLES WHEN WE HAVE NO FUEL TO RUN THEM AND ULTIMATELY IS THAT SOMETHING THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH."

3. FOSTER CARE AND YOUTH VIOLENCE HEARING VO/SOT

LIVE:

AN ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE TODAY INVESTIGATED THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TREATMENT OF FOSTER YOUTH, AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN STREET GANGS AND OTHER TYPES OF YOUTH VIOLENCE. A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF FOSTER YOUTH BECOME INVOLVED IN VIOLENT BEHAVIOR THAN CHILDREN FROM TRADITIONAL HOMES.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:25)

THE ASSEMBLY SELECT COMMITTEES ON FOSTER YOUTH AND ON YOUTH VIOLENCE HELD A JOINT HEARING TODAY, TAKING TESTIMONY FROM FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, AND STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS WHO ADMINISTER FOSTER YOUTH AND JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS. THE COMMITTEE HEARD ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE BY YOUTH AND GROUP HOME SUPERVISORS. ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANNA CABALLERO IS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION. SHE SAYS SHE WANTS TO IMPROVE THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, TO REDUCE THE ODDS CHILDREN THAT CHILDREN IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM WILL DRIFT INTO GANGS OR OTHER CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANNA CABALLERO/D-SALINAS

SOT: (0:26)

SAYS: "WHAT WE'RE HEARING IS THAT THEY HAD NO ADVOCATES SPEAKING FOR THEM. WHEN YOUNG KIDS END UP IN JUVENILE HALL, THEY HAVE PARENTS THAT SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF, THEY HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS. BUT WHEN YOU'RE A FOSTER KID, YOUR FAMILY'S GONE. YOU'VE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEM. AND SO YOU HAVE NO ONE TO SPEAK FOR YOU. SO REALLY WHAT WE'RE HEARING IS THAT THERE'S A GREAT NEED FOR US TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO E ABLE TO HAVE ADULTS INTERVENE IN THAT SYSTEM ON BEHALF OF THE FOSTER YOUTH."

VO TAG:

CABALLERO HAS WRITTEN BILLS TO EXPAND LITERACY PROGRAMS FOR OLDER TEENAGERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT RISK OF JOINING GANGS, AND TO PUNISH THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO RECRUIT YOUTHS TO JOIN GANGS. THOSE BILLS HAVE PASSED THE ASSEMBLY.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANNA CABALLERO/D-SALINAS

SOT: (0:20)

SAYS: "YOU FIND THAT FOSTER KIDS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY,

DISPROPORTIONATELY REPRESENTED IN THE JUVENILE HALL POPULATION. AND, UM AND THAT BECOMES A REAL ISSUE AS THEY START AGING OUT OF THE SYSTEM. IF THEY'RE STILL IN THE, IN THE JUVENILE HALL SYSTEM WHAT ENDS UP HAPPENING IS THAT THEY'RE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES THROUGH THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM."

SPANISH BITE:

SOT: (0:14)

SAYS: "

4. EMERGENCY SERVICES/FIRE RESPONSE HEARING VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE DIRECTOR OF CALIFORNIA'S LEAD FIREFIGHTING DEPARTMENT SAYS MORE MONEY HAS TO BE SPENT EVACUATING PEOPLE, LEAVING LESS FOR FIGHTING FIRES, AND PEOPLE CONTINUE MOVING INTO WILD LAND AREAS. THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY DISCUSSED CALIFORNIA'S EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS AND PLANNED RESPONSES FOR THE CURRENT FIRE SEASON.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:25)

THE COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM OFFICIALS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION, AND A CONSULTING FIRM HIRED TO EVALUATE THE STATE'S FIRE EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS. CAL FIRE DIRECTOR RUBEN GRIJALVA SAYS THE SATE SPENT 210 MILLION LAST YEAR FIGHTING WILDFIRES, NOT COUNTING THE COST OF PROPERTY LOSSES OR INSURANCE CLAIMS. HIS DEPARTMENT HIRED 700 MORE SEASONAL FIREFIGHTERS THIS YEAR THAN LAST. HE IS ALSO MEETING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, IN AN EFFORT TO CHANGE LAND USE AND BRUSH CLEARING REGULATIONS FOR FORESTED AREAS.

SUPER: RUBEN GRIJALVA/DIRECTOR/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION

SOT: (0:18)

SAYS: "FIRES GROW LARGER BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE HAVE MOVED INTO THE WILD LAND-URBAN INTERFACE. AND THE RESOURCES TWAT WE USED TO HAVE TO RESPOND AND ATTACK THE FIRE, ARE NOW SPENT EARLY ON EVACUATING PEOPLE, AND SO AS WE'RE EVACUATING PEOPLE, THE FIRES GET LARGER."

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN PEDRO NAVA/D-SANTA BARBARA

SOT: (0:19)

SAYS: "I THINK THE WAY THAT YOU AVOID A REAL PROBLEM IS TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IT EARLY. I'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM THE CALIFORNIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD IN TERMS OF TROOP STRENGTH, AVAILABILITY, ARE THEY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE STATE IN PLACES WHERE WE'RE LIKELY TO NEED THEM. IF THEY'RE NOT THERE, CAN WE GET THEM TO THE PLACES WHERE THEY NEED TO BE QUICKLY, AND DO THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED, OR IS IT SOMEPLACE ELSE."

VO TAG:

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PEDRO NAVA SAYS THE CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ASSIST IN FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS AS MUCH THIS YEAR AS IT HAS IN THE PAST, BECAUSE EQUIPMENT SHIPPED WITH TROOPS TO IRAQ IS NOT RETURNED AS TROOPS ARE DEPLOYED HOME, BUT HAD NO SPECIFICS ON ACTUAL REDUCTIONS IN CALIFORNIA'S NATIONAL GUARD READINESS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE.

EXTRA BITES:

GRIJALVA SAYS FOR 95 PERCENT OF WILD LAND FIRES, THE FIRES ARE CONTAINED AT TEN ACRES OR LESS:

SUPER: RUBEN GRIJALVA/DIRECTOR/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION

SOT: (0:28)

SAYS: "BUT THE FIVE PERCENT OF THE TIME THAT WE DON'T, IS WHERE THE MAXIMUM COSTS ARE. OVER 60- PERCENT OF OUR COSTS GO INTO FIVE PERCENT OF THOSE CALLS. SO WE HAVE TO HAVE A NEW STRATEGY FOR HOW TO KEEP FIRES FROM GROWING LARGER, KEEP A LARGER NUMBER OF FIRES FROM GROWING LARGER. AND WE ARE DOING THAT THIS YEAR WITH MORE AGGRESSIVE STAFFING, WE ADDED ABOUT A HUNDRED, A LITTLE UNDER TWO-HUNDRED PEOPLE OUT THERE TO DO DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS RIGHT NOW PRE-FIRE SEASON AND DURING THE FIRE SEASON."

ON AB-38, A BILL TO MERGE THE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE BILL WAS DISCUSSED TODAY IN COMMITTEE. THE BILL IS BEING HELD IN THE SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN PEDRO NAVA/D-SANTA BARBARA

SOT: (0:15)

SAYS: "I THINK MAYBE EARLY ON THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SOME SENSE OF APPREHENSION OF THE UNKNOWN, EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY FEELS THAT WAY WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE CHANGES. BUT OVER TIME, WE DEVELOPED A BETWEEN OURSELVES AND THE TWO AGENCIES."

5. HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS VO/SOT

LIVE: CALIFORNIA WILL RECEIVE 56 MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS, WHICH IS 8.3 MILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR. LARGE URBAN FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND OTHERS CAN PURCHASE EQUIPMENT SUCH AS HAZARDOUS MATERIALS VEHICLES, THEN APPLY FOR FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE FUNDS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

SUPER: TODAY/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25) AREAS SUCH AS SAN DIEGO, ORANGE COUNTY AND THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WILL EACH GET MORE MONEY THIS YEAR THAN THEY DID LAST. THE SACRAMENTO REGION AND GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA WILL RECEIVE LESS MONEY THAN THEY DID IN 2006.

SUPER: MATTHEW BETTENHAUSEN/DIRECTOR/OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY

SOT: (12:25-:45)(:20)

SAYS: "IT'S THE POPULATION, THE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THE CULTURAL ICONS AND WE KNOW THE RISK AND THREAT IS THERE, SO THE GOVERNOR HAS INSTRUCTED ME TO WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THEIR FORMULAS THIS YEAR THAT WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A REDUCTION FOR SACRAMENTO AND LOS ANGELES."

SUPER: FILE/TRAINING EXERCISE/SACRAMENTO

VO TAG: ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THESE AREAS WILL NOT BE AUGMENTED THIS YEAR, BUT THE STATE HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTOR HOPES SUCH REDUCTIONS WILL NOT OCCUR NEXT YEAR.

EXTRA BITES:

REGARDING FIRE SEASON CONCERNS

SUPER: MATTHEW BETTENHAUSEN/DIRECTOR/OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY

SOT: (:12)

SAYS: "WE'VE BEEN DOING WELL IN TERMS OF GETTING ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS IN CALIFORNIA, AND WE'VE ALSO COMMITTED IN TERMS OF UPGRADING THE FIRE TRUCKS AND FIRE EQUIPMENT THROUGH STATE FUNDS IN THE STATE BUDGET."

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