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Monday, July 23, 2007

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1 NO SENATE BUDGET...........................................VO/SOT

2. NUCLEAR POWER INITIATIVE...........................VO/SOT

3. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER/FIRE DANGER................VO/SOT

4. DISABLED STUDENTS LEADERSHIP FORUM...............VO/SOT

5. STATE PENSION FUND RETURNS..................................VO/FILE

1. NO SENATE BUDGET VO/SOT

LIVE: SENATE REPUBLICANS AND THEIR STAFFS ARE CRUNCHING NUMBERS IN THE STATE CAPITOL AS THEY ATTEMPT TO TRIM 700 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE BUDGET APPROVED BY THE ASSEMBLY BEFORE THEY ADJOURNED FOR SUMMER RECESS. SENATE DEMOCRATS APPROVED THE ASSEMBLY SPENDING PLAN, BUT DID NOT GET THE TWO VOTES FROM REPUBLICANS NECESSARY FOR THE TWO THIRDS REQUIRED TO PASS A BUDGET.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

SUPER: FRIDAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20)

THE FEW SENATORS IN THE STATE CAPITOL WORKED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TODAY, AS THEY AND BUDGET STAFF ATTEMPTED TO CUT OR REDUCE GROWTH IN SPENDING FROM THE ASSEMBLY BUDGET PLAN. AFTER LOCKING THE STATE SENATE CHAMBERS DOWN OVERNIGHT FRIDAY TO SATURDAY MORNING, SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA TOLD REPUBLICANS TO SUBMIT THEIR OWN BUDGET PLAN AND FIND 12 DEMOCRATS TO VOTE FOR IT. INDEPENDENT OBSERVERS AT THE STATE CAPITOL SAY THE TWO THIRDS REQUIREMENT TO PASS A TAX INCREASE AND A BUDGET IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS YEAR'S BUDGET GRIDLOCK.

SUPER: JEAN ROSS/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CALIFORNIA BUDGET PROJECT

SOT: (:50)

SAYS: "THAT HASN'T HAPPENED IN OTHER STATES, 47 STATES HAVE PROVISIONS FOR MAJORITY PASSED BUDGETS, THEY DON'T HAVE TAXES THAT ARE THROUGH THE ROOF, AND IN FACT, MOST OF THEM ARE ON A MUCH BETTER FISCAL FOOTING THAN CALIFORNIA, BECAUSE THEY ARE ABLE TO PASS A BUDGET, ADJUST REVENUES WHEN THEY NEED TO BUT REALLY MAKE POLICY THAT REFLECTS THE WILL OF THE VOTERS AND THEN THE VOTERS KNOW WHO TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE. HERE YOU HAVE A MAJORITY THAT CAN'T SET POLICY FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA A SMALL MINORITY IS ABLE TO BLOCK POLICIES IN THIS CASE A BUDGET THAT HAS STRONG SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY."

SUPER: SENATOR DAVE COGDILL/R-MODESTO

SOT:

SAYS: "THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS CUMULATIVELY IN THE BUDGET WE'VE TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS IN A BUDGET THAT'S TWO PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE PLAN, WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR OWN BUDGET YOU CAN GET BY WITH TWO PERCENT OR LESS."

VO TAG: THE NEXT SENATE FLOOR SESSION IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 9 O'CLOCK. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA BUDGET PROJECT WHICH ANALYZES THE EFFECTS OF STATE FISCAL POLICY ON THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS WAS AT THE CAPITOL TO LOBBY AGAINST THE TAX BREAKS FOR MOVIE PRODUCERS AND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT PASSED THE ASSEMBLY AS PART OF THE BUDGET PACKAGE, BUT HAS NO DIRECT BEARING ON THE STATE SPENDING PLAN. THE GOVERNOR WAS PROMOTING WATER POLICY IN LONG BEACH AND WILL ATTEND ANOTHER EVENT IN SAN DIEGO TOMORROW TO DO THE SAME. HE ISSUED A STATEMENT PRAISING THE ASSEMBLY PLAN AND TOLD SENATE REPUBLICANS HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT ANY COMPROMISE PLAN THEY SUBMITTED THAT CUT KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE EDUCATION.

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SUPER: JEAN ROSS/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CALIFORNIA BUDGET PROJECT

SOT: (:21)

SAYS: "IT'S EMBLEMATIC OF ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS OF THE WAY CALIFORNIA MAKES FISCAL POLICY. WE ARE ONE OF ONLY THREE STATES IN THE NATION THAT REQUIRES A TWO THIRDS VOTE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TO PASS A SPENDING PLAN AND THAT MEANS A SMALL MINORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE CAN HOLD UP THE BUDGET THAT HAS BROAD BASED SUPPORT."

SOT: (:31)

SAYS: "WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE TAX PACKET THE ASSEMBLY PASSED THURSDAY NIGHT THAT WOULD BLOW A HOLE IN THE BUDGET, WOULD COST THE STATE 850 MILLION DOLLARS WHEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED. SOME SAY IT WOULD COST FAR MORE BECAUSE IT'S POORLY DRAFTED. WE'RE CONCERNED SOME OF THE MEASURES TAKEN TO GET THE BUDGET OUT OF THE ASSEMBLY COULD ACTUALLY MAKE THE BUDGET FAR WORSE IN THE FUTURE."

2. NUCLEAR POWER INITIATIVE VO/SOT

LIVE:

A STATE LAWMAKER SAYS VOTERS ARE READY TO CHANGE THE LAW BANNING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN CALIFORNIA. ASSEMBLYMAN CHUCK DEVORE IS SPONSORING AN INITIATIVE THAT WOULD REVERSE THE 1976 BALLOT MEASURE BANNING NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CONSTRUCTION DUE TO THE INABILITY TO SAFELY STORE NUCLEAR WASTE.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:25)

DEVORE SAYS NUCLEAR POWER PRODUCES MORE ELECTRICITY WITH FEWER CARBON EMISSIONS THAN ANY OTHER GENERATING SOURCE, AND THE STATE NEEDS MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS TO MEET THE GOALS OF LEGISLATION SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR LAST YEAR THAT PLACES REGULATORY CAPS ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. DEVORE IS SPONSORING THE INITIATIVE AFTER A SIMILAR BILL HE WROTE WAS KILLED IN ITS FIRST COMMITTEE HEARING EARLIER THIS YEAR. HIS GOAL IS TO COLLECT ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO PLACE THE INITIATIVE ON THE JUNE 2008 BALLOT. THE SIERRA CLUB HAS NOT TAKEN A POSITION ON THE INITIATIVE, BUT OPPOSED DEVORE'S BILL.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN CHUCK DEVORE/R-IRVINE

SOT: (0:27)

SAYS: "PUBLIC SENTIMENT HAS SHIFTED DRAMATICALLY IN FAVOR OF NUCLEAR POWER IN RECENT YEARS, BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, PERHAPS BETTER THAN THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, THAT IS GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM, THEN WE NEED TO HAVE SOME SERIOUS SOLUTIONS. FURTHERMORE I THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT AS MUCH AS PERHAPS SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO POWER THE ELECTRICAL GRID ON GOOD INTENTIONS, GOOD INTENTIONS DO NOT MAKE THE LIGHTS COME ON."

SUPER: JIM METROPULOS/SIERRA CLUB

SOT: (0:35)

SAYS: "WE DON'T BELIEVE THE TIME IS RIGHT NOW TO LIFT THE MORATORIUM ON NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN CALIFORNIA. IN 1976 THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DECIDED, BECAUSE EOF THE PROBLEMS WITH STORING RADIOACTIVE WASTE, WE WOULD NOT ALLOW OR PERMIT ANY NEW NUCLEAR PLANTS IN CALIFORNIA, 'TIL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS COME UP WITH A WAY TO STORE NUCLEAR WASTE, OR THERE IS A SAFE WAY TO REPROCESS NUCLEAR WASTE. AND THOSE CONDITIONS HERE TODAY, IN 2007, HAS STILL NOT BEEN MET, AND WE'RE NO CLOSER THAN WE WERE IN 1976 FOR A LONG TERM SOLUTION TO THE STORAGE OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES."

SUPER: FILE

VO TAG: DEVORE SAYS NUCLEAR FUEL REPROCESSING AND WASTE STORAGE TECHNOLOGY HAS IMPROVED SINCE 1976, AND SAYS POWER PLANTS IN FRANCE CURRENTLY RECYCLE 95 PERCENT OF THEIR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL. DEVORE SAYS HIS INITIATIVE WOULD BAN CONSTRUCTION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN SEISMICALLY DANGEROUS AREAS.

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SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN CHUCK DEVORE/R-IRVINE

SOT: (0:35)

SAYS: "WHAT THEY DO IS, THEY USE THE PLUTONIUM, THY TAKE THE USEABLE URANIUM, PUT IT BACK INTO THE STREAM, AND IN DOING SO THEY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WASTE O BY 95 PERCENT. AND THE AMOUNT OF WASTE THAT'S LEFT, THE AMOUNT OF SPENT FUEL THAT IS LEFT, IS LESS RADIOACTIVE IN THE LONG TERM THAN IF YOU DON'T REPROCESS. AND SO WHAT I'M ASSERTING IS THAT WE NEED THE POWER NOW, WE HAVE ADEQUATE MEANS OF MID TERM STORAGE WITH DRY CASK STORAGE, AND THAT VERY SOON, THE U.S. WILL HAVE UP AND RUNNING THESE FACILITIES TO RE-PROCESS SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL."

SOT: (0:19)

SAYS: "IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN JUST GO OUT AND DO. UH, FURTHERMORE, THE PARTICLES ARE EXTREMELY HEAB VY, AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO SPREAD VERY FAR EVEN IF YOU WERE TO BREACH SECURITY, WHICH IS VERY PROBLEMATIC. IT WOULD SEEM TO ME IF I WAS A TERRORIST, THE, THE THINGS I WOULD GO AFTER ARE TARGETS THAT ARE MUCH EASIER TO ATTACK."

SOT: (0:24)

SAYS: "EVEN IN THE CASE OF THE JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE, WHERE YOU HAD A PLANT THAT WAS UNKNOWINGLY SITUATED ON AN EARTHQUAKE FAULT, TO AN OLDER, LESS ROBUST DESIGN, THE FACT IS, THAT NOBODY WAS KILLED, NOBODY WAS INJURED, AND THE AMOUNT OF RADIOACTIVITY THAT WAS RELEASED WAS EQUIVALENT TO THE AMOUNT OF RADIOACTIVITY NATURALLY OCCURRING IN TWELVE ADULT HUMAN BODIES."

SOT: (0:00)

SAYS: "AS FAR AS THE ACTUAL PLANT MANUFACTURERS, NO, NOTHING AT ALL. IT'S NOT FOR WANT OF ASKING, BUT NO ONE HAS SEEN FOR TO SUPPORT ME."

SUPER: JIM METROPULOS/SIERRA CLUB

SOT: (0:12 )

SAYS: "THERE CAN BE FURTHER CONSERVATION, AND THERE CAN BE INCREASED USE OF CALIFORNIA'S NATURAL RESOURCES, AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES, SUCH AS WIND, SOLAR AND BIOMASS, WASTE CONVERSIONS, THINGS LIKE THAT."

SOT: (0:28)

SAYS: "I DON'T THINK WE'RE LOOKING AT A CAP ON ELECTRICITY GENERATION. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR. THERE'S WAYS OF LOOKING AT CAPS ON ADMISSIONS FROM GENERATING ELECTRICITY, BUT THAT DEPENDS ON THE TYPE OF ELECTRICITY YOU GENERATE. YOU'RE LOOKING AT A CHOICE BETWEEN CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS AND RADIOACTIVE WASTE. AND WHY SHOULD B WE CHOOSE ONE THING OVER ANOTHER? WHY CAN'T WE FIND ENERGY SOURCES THAT DO NOT HAVE THE IMPACT OF INCREASING GREENHOUSE GASSES OR INCREASING RADIOACTIVE WASTES ON OUR COASTS."

SOT: (0:19)

SAYS: "THERE ARE OTHER WAYS WE CAN GO TO MEET THE GOALS OF AB32 AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ELECTRICITY FOR THE GROWING POPULATION OF CALIFORNIA. N ONE HERE AT THE SIERRA CLUB IS SAYING OH, WE NEED TO GET RID OF NUCLEAR POWER, OR WE NEED TO QUICKLY RATCHET DOWN OUR STYLE OF LIVING, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE CAN DO THAT WE HAVEN'T BEGUN EXPLORING."

3. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER/FIRE DANGER VO/SOT

LIVE:

CALIFORNIA'S INSURANCE COMMISSIONER IS WARNING HOME OWNERS IN FORESTED AREAS TO CLEAR THEIR LOTS TO PREVENT WILDFIRES AND TO MAKE SURE INSURANCE POLICIES ARE CURRENT.

SUPER: TODAY/AUBURN/PLACER COUNTY

VO: (:25) COMMISSIONER STEVE POIZNER AND FIRE MARSHALL RUBEN GRIJALVA VISITED A FIVE ACRE PROPERTY IN AUBURN TO ILLUSTRATE THEIR POINTS. THEY ALSO DEMONSTRATED HOW HOME OWNERS SHOULD VIDEO TAPE THEIR HOMES AND ASSETS AND KEEP THE TAPES IN A SAFE PLACE TO HELP REPLACE SUCH ITEMS IF THEY ARE DESTROYED BY FIRE, FLOOD OR OTHER DISASTER.

SUPER: STEVE POIZNER/INSURANCE COMMISSIONER/R-LOS GATOS

SOT: (:34)

SAYS: "EXPERTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE AND CAL FIRE BELIEVE THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE WORST FIRE SEASONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE VERY COLD WEATHER IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY SOME OF THE DRIEST WEATHER IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE. WHEN A LITTLE CAMP FIRE TURNS INTO A 14 MILE AN HOUR FIRE. AS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER MY GOAL IS TO HELP PEOPLE PREPARE FOR THESE TYPES OF NATURAL DISASTERS."

VO TAG: THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER ADDS THAT HOME OWNERS WHO HAVE UPGRADED OR REMODELED THEIR PROPERTY SHOULD UPDATE THEIR POLICIES TO ENSURE SUCH MODIFICATIONS ARE COVERED BY THEIR PLANS.

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SUPER: SUE MILLER/AUBURN HOME OWNER

SOT: (:24)

SAYS: "WHAT WE ARE DOING AS PROPERTY OWNERS IS TRYING TO MAKE SURE THERE IS CLEAR BRUSH, WE'VE ALSO CUT WITH BULLDOZERS DEFENSIVE ROAD TO ALLOW CAL FIR E TO BRING THEIR EQUIPMENT IN AND GET TO THE HEART OF A FIRE."

4. DISABLED STUDENT LEADERSHIP FORUM VO/SOT

LIVE:

TWENTY-NINE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE IN SACRAMENTO FOR THREE DAYS, PARTICIPATING IN A YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. THE THREE-DAY FORUM IS BEING HELD ON THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SACRAMENTO CAMPUS.

SUPER: TODAY/ SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY

VO: (:25)

THE FORUM IS ORGANIZED BY SEVERAL STATE AGENCIES, INCLUDING THE EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION. MOST OF THE FUNDING IS PROVIDED BY PRIVATE DONATIONS. REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR RICHARD DEVYLDER SAYS THE GOAL OF THE FORUM IS TO TEACH LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING SKILLS TO DISABLED STUDENTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE STATE, MANY OF WHOM HAVE NEVER TRAVELED AWAY FROM HOME BEFORE.

SUPER: RICHARD DEVYLDER/ONSITE ADMINISTRATOR-YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM

SOT: (0:24)

SAYS: "THEY SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS, WE HAVE A WORKING GROUP, UH, MADE UP OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AND ALSO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, THEY REVIEW THE APPLICATIONS, AND THEN WE DO INTERVIEWS WITH THE DELEGATES, OR THE APPLICANTS AT THAT TIME, AND THEN WE MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON THAT. WHAT WE TRY TO MAKE SURE WE DO IS MATCH UP WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISABILITIES, AND ALSO HAVE DIFFERENT CULTURE GROUPS THAT ARE HERE, AND ALSO, UM, THAT THEY UM, REPRESENT CALIFORNIA AS A WHOLE."

SUPER: KEVIN VU/FORUM PARTICIPANT

SOT: (0:27)

SAYS: "I'M LOOKING TO CHANGE, UM, SORT OF THE VIEW OF, OF NOT ONLY EMPLOYERS, BUT ALSO TO EDUCATORS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THAT WE, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE DISABLED, THAT WE STILL HAVE THE DRIVE AND UH, OPPORTUNITY TO, YOU KNOW, DO WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE CAN DO."

VO TAG:

KEVIN WU IS A RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE FROM FRESNO, WHO PLANS TO ATTEND FRESNO STATE FOR A DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, FOLLOWED BY A LAW DEGREE, AND THEN SEEK POLITICAL OFFICE. ON WEDNESDAY, ALL THE STUDENT DELEGATES WILL TOUR THE STATE CAPITOL, AND LOBBY LAWMAKERS ON ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THEM, INCLUDING EDUCATION FOR THE DISABLED, SPECIAL CARE NEEDS, AND DISABLED ACCESS.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

A LIST OF THE STUDENT DELEGATES IS INCLUDED BELOW.

2007 Youth Leader

Delegate Name, City, County

Romero Lauren, LA, LA

Longan Chase, Valencia, LA

Meza Samantha, Whittier, LA

North Herbie, LongBeach, LA

Oglesby Jeffrey, Carson, LA

Argoud Jean Paul, Imperial Beach, San Diego

Stewart Elise, Escondido, San Diego

Harrison Joshua, SkyForest, San Bernardino

Duarte Cheyenne, Heber, Imperial

Smith Katrina, Newbury Park, Ventura

Birdsong Sarah, Sacto, Sacto

Smith Tyahna, Elk Grove, Sacto

Wiggins Mary, Sacto, Sacto

Sweet Anthony, Napa, Napa

Love Katie, Napa, Napa

Vu Kevin, Fresno, Fresno

McKenzie Merrit, Santa Rosa, Sonoma

Hayes Joseph, Monterey, Monterey

Jones Elisa, Kensington, Alameda

Lara-Cea Zoila, Tiburon, Marin

Lee Kelli, San Jose, Santa Clara

Bernick William, SF, SF

Phea LaToya, Vallejo, Solano

Gonzalez Hortencia, Vallejo, Solano

Waddell Arekka, Vallejo, Solano

Bunge Brett, Hathaway Pines, Calaveras

Clark Brandon, Winters, Yolo

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SUPER: RICHARD DEVYLDER/ONSITE ADMINISTRATOR-YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM

SOT: (0:17)

SAYS: "WHAT WE DO IS, WE HAVE SET UP MEETINGS WITH DIFFERENT LEGISLATORS, AND UM, THEIR STAFF, YOU KNOW, DEPENDING ON WHO'S AVAILABLE, AND WE TAKE THEM IN GROUPS, AND WE UH, LET THE DELEGATES PREPARE THEMSELVES BEFORE THEY GET TO MEETINGS WITH THEIR LEGISLATORS, AS TO WHAT ARE THE DISABILITY ISSUES THAT THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT."

SUPER: KEVIN VU/FORUM PARTICIPANT

SOT: (0:27)

SAYS: "I'M GOING TO BE MAJORING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, WITH A MINOR IN LAW. AND THEN I DEFINITELY WANT TO BECOME AN ATTORNEY, A CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY, AND THEN DO THAT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, AND DEFINITELY GET INTO POLITICS."

REPORTER: "BECOME AN ELECTED OFFICIAL YOURSELF?

SAYS: UH YES, I WANT TO BE TE NEXT FUTURE PRESIDENT OF 2032."

5. STATE PENSION FUND RETURNS VO/FILE

LIVE: THE STATE EMPLOYEE'S RETIREE FUND HAS ENDED THIS PAST FISCAL YEAR WITH ITS LARGEST GAIN IN NEARLY A DECADE. THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM EARNED 19 POINT ONE PERCENT RETURN ON INVESTMENTS FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

SUPER: FILE

VO: (:35) SEVEN AND THREE QUARTERS PERCENT RETURN IS REQUIRED TO FUND RETIREE BENEFITS. THIS IS THE FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR THAT RETURNS WERE IN THE DOUBLE DIGITS. THE 10 YEAR AVERAGE RETURN RATE WAS NINE POINT ONE PERCENT. CAL-PERS IS THE NATION'S LARGEST PUBLIC PENSION FUND. IT PROVIDES RETIREMENT AND HEALTH BENEFITS TO ONE AND A HALF MILLION CURRENT AND RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

6. PRISON POPULATION CAP UNSCRIPTED

DUE TO LATE TIME OF STORY, THIS ITEM IS RAW AND UNSCRIPTED. FEEDING VIDEO OF GOVERNOR SIGNING PRISON EXPANSION PLAN IN MAY AND SOUNDBITES WITH REPUBLICAN SENATOR DAVE COGDILL, VICE-CHAIR OF SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE.

INFO:

THE TWO FEDERAL JUDGES WHO ARE OVERSEEING CALIFORNIA'S OVERCROWDED, LAWSUIT PLAGUED PRISON SYSTEM HAVE DECIDED TO CREATE A THREE JUDGE PANEL TO IMPOSE A POPULATION CAP ON THE CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON SYSTEM. BEFORE ORDERING EARLY RELEASES, THE THREE JUDGES WILL HAVE TO CONDUCT HEARINGS FOR LAWMAKERS, COUNTY JAIL OFFICIALS, AND PROSECUTORS TO FILE BRIEFINGS. ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS WHO SUED TO SEEK A POPULATION CAP ARE STATING THAT PRISONS SHOULD ONLY CONTAIN 137,700 THOUSAND INMATES. THE SYSTEM CURRENTLY CONTAINS ABOUT 173 THOUSAND PRISONERS. THAT COULD FORCE THE RELEASE OF UP TO 35 THOUSAND PRISONERS IF THE THREE JUDGES AGREE WITH THAT NUMBER. 137,700 THOUSAND COMES FROM THE CORRECTIONS INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL COMMISSION REPORT CALLED FOR BY GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER AND CHAIRED BY FORMER GOVERNOR GEORGE DEUKMEJIAN. IN MAY, THE GOVERNOR SIGNED A PLAN APPROVED BY LAWMAKERS THAT CALLS FOR ABOUT NINE BILLION DOLLARS TO EXPAND EXISTING FACILITIES TO EASE OVERCROWDING AND PROVIDE MORE ROOM FOR REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN THE PRISONS. THE GOVERNOR ISSUED A STATEMENT THAT HE IS CONFIDENT THAT STEPS HE AND THE LEGISLATURE HAVE TAKEN WILL NOT NECESSITATE THE EARLY RELEASE OF STATE PRISONERS.

SUPER: MAY 3, 2007/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:40)

SUPER: SENATOR DAVE COGDILL/R-MODESTO/PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRMAN

SOT: (:22)

SAYS: "WE THINK OBVIOUSLY WE'VE TAKEN SOME POSITIVE STEPS TO MAKE SURE PUBLIC SAFETY ... PRISONERS AND THEIR INCARCERATION."

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