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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to highlight his water proposal, with an appearance at Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley near San Diego. After, he will host a press conference alongside local electeds, including San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

That old joke about the most dangerous place in California being between Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a TV camera may have a new star: Sen. Dean Florez.

The Central Valley Democrat, who has been fairly open about this political ambitions to be lieutenant governor and then governor, hosts his third informational hearing -- read "media opportunity" -- in two weeks.

Last Wednesday, Florez grilled Schwarzenegger administration officials about the state's flex-fuel program.

Then on Thursday, he hosted yet another hearing on heat safety.

Today, Florez takes the gavel as chair of the Select Committee on Gender Discrimination and Title IX Implementation, which hosts a hearing on gender discrimination issues at Fresno State University.

And as California's trouble prison system is in the news -- federal judges empowered a three-judge panel on Monday to consider imposing a population cap on the state's system -- a new documentary called "Prison Town, USA" premieres tonight on PBS.

The film, created by Katie Galloway, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and Po Kutchins, an Emmy-winning producer and director, looks at Susanville, Calif., "one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison - with unanticipated consequences. Weaving the stories of a laid-off mill worker turned guard, a struggling dairy owner and an inmate's family stranded in Susanville, the film sheds light on an industry that is transforming the landscape of rural America."