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CAPITOL TELEVISION NEWS SERVICE

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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1. BARE NAKED LEVEES?......................................VO/SOT

2. IMMIGRATION MARCHES PLANNED..............................VO/SOT

3. HEALTHCARE REFORM......................................VO/SOT

4. VETS HONORED AT STATE FAIR......................VO/SOT

5. CLEAN AIR RALLY..............................................VO/SOT

HEALTHCARE REFORM VO/SOT

LIVE: STATE LAWMAKERS AND THE GOVERNOR HAVE A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS TO DELIVER ON THEIR PLEDGE TO REFORM HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA. THE GOVERNOR AND EACH PARTY IN THE ASSEMBLY AND SENATE HAVE PROPOSED PLANS TO PROVIDE MORE AND AFFORDABLE COVERAGE TO STATE RESIDENTS.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) THE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS MET WITH THE GOVERNOR THIS MORNING FOR ABOUT AN HOUR IN SCHWARZENEGGER'S OFFICE AT THE STATE CAPITOL TO DISCUSS A POTENTIAL COMPROMISE. ALL AGREE THAT IS UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN, GIVEN REPUBLICANS DO NOT SUPPORT A FOUR PERCENT LEVY ON BUSINESSES PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR AND THE SEVEN AND A HALF PERCENT HIKE ON BUSINESSES PROPOSED BY THE SPEAKER'S AND SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE'S PLAN. LAWYERS FOR THE LEGISLATURE HAVE INDICATED THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN CAN BE APPROVED BY A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE, WHERE THE GOVERNOR'S WOULD REQUIRE A TWO THIRDS VOTE, WHICH REPUBLICAN LEADERS SAY WILL NOT MATERIALIZE.

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:32)

SAYS: "I THINK WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO FUNDAMENTAL HEALTHCARE REFORM LIKE NO OTHER STATE IN THIS NATION, TO ONCE AGAIN MAKE CALIFORNIA PROUD. WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE IS THE GOVERNOR AND HIS STAFF PEOPLE TO SIT DOWN WITH OUR STAFF ON AB-8, WORK OUT AND RECONCILE WHATEVER DIFFERENCES WE HAVE AND RUN A SIMPLE MAJORITY BILL. THAT'S THE ONLY SOLUTION I SEE RIGHT NOW, WHETHER YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS, THEY HAVE A POINT OF VIEW AND AT SOME POINT YOU'VE GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO STOP BARKING UP THAT TREE."

SUPER: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN/R-IRVINE

SOT: (:19)

SAYS: "WE TOLD THE GOVERNOR THE HEALTHCARE PLAN AND ALL THE PLANS OUT THERE ARE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE ADEQUATE CARE AND TIME AND RESEARCH GOES INTO IT. I WAS HERE WHEN WE DID DE-REG, AND WE PROBABLY PUT MORE TIME, AND STUDY AND COMMITTEE HEARINGS AND A LOT OF INVOLVEMENT INTO THAT THING AND IT STILL DIDN'T DO VERY WELL. WE HAVE NOT HAD THAT LEVEL OF ACTIVITY THIS YEAR."

SUPER: PAID ADVERTISEMENT

VO TAG: THE SPEAKER SAYS HE WILL PUT THE GOVERNOR'S PLAN IN BILL FORM AND PUT IT TO A VOTE IN THE ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY. TODAY, THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT PURCHASED ADVERTISING TIME IN SACRAMENTO TO AIR AN AD CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR AND LAWMAKERS TO PASS A PLAN TO MAKE COVERAGE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE TO ALL RESIDENTS BEFORE THE END OF THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION WHICH CONCLUDES SEPTEMBER 14. THE SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE ANNOUNCED SESSION IN THAT HOUSE WOULD END SEPTEMBER 11.

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SUPER: DOCTOR BOB ROSS/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT

SOT: (:30)

SAYS: "CALIFORNIANS WANT HEALTHCARE REFORM NOW, THEY WANT SOMETHING DONE NOW, SOMETHING MEANINGFUL, MAYBE IT DOESN'T HAVE TO FIX THE ENTIRE ENCHILADA, BUT LET'S HAVE SOME PROGRESS DONE, SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE OUR LEGISLATIVE LEADERS TO STAY AT IT. THERE IS A RISK OF DOING NOTHING IN THE SESSION, THAT IS YOU'LL SEE DUELING EXPENSIVE BALLOT INITIATIVES NEXT YEAR FROM SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO HAVE THEIR OWN IDEA OF REFORM."

SUPER: PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

SOT: (:21)

SAYS: "THIS SOUNDS A LOT LIKE WHAT WE GOT THROUGH WITH THE BUDGET. WE CAN ONLY DO DEMOCRAT STUFF, BECAUSE WE'RE IN THE MAJORITY. REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TO DO A FEE, A TAX OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. THEY REITERATED THAT AGAIN, WE WILL GIVE HIM THE BEST WORK PRODUCT WE CAN THAT'S A MAJORITY VOTE BILL."

SUPER: ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN LEADER MIKE VILLINES/R-CLOVIS

SOT: (:25)

SAYS: "WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY WAS TRYING TO FIND COMMON GROUND ON PIECES WE MIGHT AGREE TO AND AS DICK SAID, WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO THAT FOR MONTHS, THERE ARE THINGS WE AGREE ON H-S-A'S, SEISMIC RETROFIT ARE ISSUES WE CAN LOOK AT RETAIL CLINICS, THESE ARE THINGS MAYBE WE ALL AGREE ON, MAYBE THERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN DO THAT SHOWS PROGRESS THIS YEAR CUZ PEOPLE WANT IT AND THEN WE CONTINUE TO WORK."

EXTRA FOOTAGE: BARE NAKED LEVEES?

VO/SOT

LIVE: STATE, FEDERAL AND SACRAMENTO FLOOD OFFICIALS ARE MEETING IN THE CAPITAL CITY TO DETERMINE WHETHER CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES AND LOCAL FLOOD CONTROL AGENCIES MUST REMOVE ALL TREES AND PLANTS FROM THE 1600 MILES OF LEVEES IN THE SACRAMENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN RIVER SYSTEMS.

SUPER: TODAY/SACRAMENTO CONVENTION CENTER/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25) A SYMPOSIUM AT THE SACRAMENTO CONVENTION CENTER FEATURED SCIENTISTS DISCUSSING THE MERITS OF COMPLETE TREE REMOVAL AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ADVOCATING, AND SOME STATE WATER OFFICIALS WHO CONTEND THAT TREES AND BUSHES ON THE WATER SIDE OF THE LEVEES IMPROVE FLOOD PROTECTION WHILE PROVIDING SHELTER FOR ENDANGERED ANIMALS.

SUPER: LES HARDER/DEPUTY DIRECTOR/DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

SOT: (:29)

SAYS: "LEVEES ARE NOT FAILING BECAUSE TREES ARE ON THEM, WE HAVE UNDER SEEPAGE PROBLEMS, OVERTOPPING, SCOUR EROSION, INSTABILITY. THOSE ARE THE PROBLEMS THAT HAPPENED IN NEW ORLEANS, TREES DID NOT CAUSE ANY OF THE FAILURES IN NEW ORLEANS AND THEY DON'T TYPICALLY CAUSE FAILURES HERE SO IT'S A RELATIVELY LOW LEVEL RISK AND WHAT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IS APPLYING TOO MUCH RESOURCES TO ADDRESS LEVEE VEGETATION AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR CRITICAL HABITAT WHEN THERE ARE MUCH MORE SERIOUS ISSUES WE NEED TO ADDRESS."

SUPER: STEVEN STOCKTON/DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL WORKS/UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

SOT: (:43)

SAYS: "WE HAVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS GOVERNED BY RULES, REGULATIONS THAT ALLOW PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR REHABILITATION AND INSPECTION PROGRAM, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM WHICH ALLOWS NOT ONLY FLOOD FIGHTING, BUT FOR ACTUALLY REPAIR AND REHABILITATION OF PROJECTS AFTER A FLOOD EVENT, YOU HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN MINIMUM STANDARDS. THOSE ARE COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY ON THE PART OF THE LOCAL ENTITIES, THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICTS. THESE ARE NOT NEW STANDARDS, THESE HAVE BEEN IN PLACE MANY YEARS, IN THE AFTERMATH OF KATRINA WE'RE LOOKING AT MORE RIGOROUS ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING STANDARDS."

VO TAG: THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCE'S DEPUTY DIRECTOR SAYS IT COULD COST HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REMOVE ALL THE TREES FROM THE LEVEES. STATE OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED TOO MUCH LEVEE BOND MONEY APPROVED BY VOTERS LAST YEAR MIGHT GO TO THAT EFFORT RATHER THAN OTHER FORTIFICATION EFFORTS FOR FEAR OF RISKING FEDERAL PENALTIES SUCH AS DECERTIFICATION OF THE LEVEES WHICH WOULD REQUIRE MORE STATE RESIDENTS TO PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE, OR MAKE RESIDENTS INELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL AID IF A LEVEE FAILED. FEDERAL, STATE AND SACRAMENTO AREA FLOOD CONTROL AGENCIES CLAIM THEY INTEND TO COMPROMISE.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: STEVEN STOCKTON/DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL WORKS/UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

SOT: (:32)

SAYS: "WE'RE NOT THREATENING ANYTHING. LEVEE SYSTEMS ARE COMPOSED OF THE GEOTECHNICAL COMPONENT, PUMP STATIONS, AND THE HEIGHT OF THE LEVEES THE GEOMETRIC PROCESS, LEVEE VEGETATION IS JUST ONE OF THE COMPONENTS THAT EFFECTS THE INTEGRITY OF THAT SYSTEM AND INCREASES RISK. WE DO AGREE THAT WHEN YOU PRIORITIZE YOUR INVESTMENTS TO REDUCE RISK TO THE PUBLIC, THAT YOU PUT YOUR MONEY AGAINST THOSE FEATURES THAT REDUCE RISKS THE MOST FIRST."

SUPER: STEIN BUER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/SACRAMENTO AREA FLOOD CONTROL AGENCY

SOT: (:21)

SAYS: "IT IS TRUE THAT DECERTIFICATION OF OUR LEVEE SYSTEM COULD BE ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OR LOSS OF FLOOD RECOVERY ASSISTANCE IS ALSO A POTENTIAL ISSUE. THOSE THREATS ARE OUT THERE, BUT I THINK WE SHOULDN'T PANIC AT THIS POINT, WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS ENGAGE IN THESE TYPES OF DISCUSSIONS AND SEE WHERE THEY TAKE US."

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