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Thursday, August 9, 2007
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1. DRUG AND PROSTITUTION CAR SEIZURES VO/SOT
Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) will announce his intention to change language in an existing bill to authorize city and county governments to pass ordinances to allow seizures of cars used in drug or prostitution crimes. The California State Supreme Court decided last month in a case that invalidated such ordinances in more than 20 cities in California. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. SUPERINTENDENT/STATE BUDGET VO/SOT
State Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell will visit a child care center in Sacramento to discuss the effects of the lack of a state budget on such centers. The Assembly Speaker has stated he is not interested in reopening budget negotiations but if the Senate does not pass the current plan, on which the governor has assured Republicans he will line item veto about 700 million in spending, the speaker will push for spending he had agreed to cut from the spending plan that passed the Assembly. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. SENATOR MIGDEN CHARGES VO/FILE
Senator Carole Migden will face one misdemeanor count resulting from two car accidents on April 20 in Solano County, according to the Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney. The Deputy DA says she will not specify what that count is until she actually files charges tomorrow. The Highway Patrol had recommended Migden be charged with reckless driving resulting in bodily injury for the rear end collision that injured a woman and her toddler. The CHP report also indicated Migden made an unsafe turning motion that caused her collision with a guard rail on Interstate 80. Feeding file video.
4. CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ON BRIDGES VO/SOT
Federal transportation officials are urging states to use caution with heavy equipment for construction projects on bridges and overpasses. Although the Transportation Safety Board has not determined the definitive cause of the Minneapolis bridge collapse last week, the investigation has indicated that stress on the bridges plates could have been a factor. Cal Trans is also expected to release its list today of about 200 bridges and overpasses that are of greatest concern for potential structural problems. Efforting soundbites and video.
5. WEST NILE VACCINES VO/SOT
The State Veterinarian is urging horse owners to vaccinate their critters against the West Nile Virus. Five cases in horses have occurred this year, in what state vector control officials are calling an epidemic year for West Nile. A spokesman for the state Food and Agriculture Department says other pets such as dogs and cats aren't in danger of getting West Nile Virus. The governor has declared West Nile emergencies in five counties. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger remains out of state with no planned public events.
The Senate is on call of the Pro Tempore. The Assembly is in recess until August 20th.
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