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1. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MERCED HEARING VO/SOT
The legislature's select committee on the 10th University of California Campus (UC Merced) will conduct an informational hearing on the development of the campus. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. STATE FAIR OPENS VO/SOT
The State Fair opens this morning in Sacramento at Cal Expo, the State Fairgrounds. California's first State Fair was in San Francisco in 1854. The legislature approved funds in 1963 for construction of the California Exposition and in 1968, then Governor Ronald Reagan opened the State Fair at Cal Expo. Today's grand opening ceremonies will be attended by the lieutenant governor and Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. D.A. CLEARS CHP CONFLICT OF INTEREST VO/FILE
The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office decided not to file conflict of interest charges against Highway Patrol Lieutenant Gregory Williams. The lieutenant was overseeing procurement of equipment for the CHP's license plate readers, which are cameras mounted in patrol cars that scan license plates. The brackets these cameras are mounted on are made by a company owned by Williams' daughter and her husband. The Sacramento County D.A. says California law indicates there is a conflict of interest if the government employee sets up a contract for their own financial interest, but not an independent adult child. The DA says their investigators concluded Williams did not have a financial interest in his daughter's business. Feeding video of patrol car equipped with license plate reading camera.
4. TAX INSPECTOR REQUEST APPROVED VO/SOT
The Board of Equalization which sets tax policy approved a request to the Department of Finance for more the extension of a pilot program that places more inspectors at agricultural inspection stations at the Mexican and other state borders to check whether people have purchased goods out of state for their homes or businesses are paying a use tax. The use tax is owed according to California law for goods purchased out of state to make up for the sales tax that is not being paid for the purchase of equivalent goods in state. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Budget 48 Days Late The legislative recess has almost ended for the Assembly which adjourned after passing the budget in July. The Senate still has not passed the budget, with all Republican Senators except one refusing to vote for the budget until Democrats in their house agree to trim at least 700 million dollars. The budget that passed the Assembly spends 700 million dollars more than state revenues for the fiscal year. The Governor has promised to line item veto 700 million dollars from that plan if the Senate approves it. CTNS will effort soundbites and video if there are any developments.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Beverly Hills for Merv Griffin's funeral mass.
The Senate is on call of the pro tempore. The Assembly is in summer recess until Monday.
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