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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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1. BUDGET ANALYSIS.............................................VO/SOT

2. BACK TO SCHOOL MESSAGE...........................VO/SOT

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

1. BUDGET ANALYSIS VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE STATE'S LEGISLATIVE ANALYST SAYS PROBLEMS WITH THE SUB-PRIME LENDING MARKET COULD AFFECT WHAT'S PROJECTED TO BE A BALANCED BUDGET FOR CALIFORNIA. THE LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S OFFICE TODAY RELEASED ITS REPORT ON THE 103 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE 2007-2008 FISCAL YEAR SIGNED LAST MONTH.

SUPER: TODAY/ LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S OFFICE/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25)

ELIZABETH HILL'S REPORT ON THE STATE'S SPENDING PLAN INCLUDES AN ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT ON CALIFORNIA'S HEALTH, SOCIAL SERVICE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE GOVERNOR'S 703 MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS USING THE LINE-ITEM VETO. HILL SAYS THE NEW BUDGET RELIES ON SOME ONE-TIME SOLUTIONS TO KEEP SPENDING BELOW THE STATE'S ANTICIPATED EXPENSES, AND SHE IS FORECASTING STATE GOVERNMENT FACES AN OPERATING SHORTFALL OF ABOUT 5 BILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT TWO FISCAL YEARS.

SUPER: ELIZABETH HILL/LEGISLATIVE ANALYST

SOT: (0:27)

SAYS: "I THINK BOTH OUR OFFICE AND THE ADMINISTRATION ARE PROJECTERING, PROJECTING MODERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR AND GOING FORWARD. NEITHER OFFICE HAS A RECESSION IN THE FORECAST, BUT I THINK WE ALL ARE LOOKING AT THE SUB-PRIME MORTGAGE SITUATION, AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT EFFECT THAT MIGHT HAVE IN CALIFORNIA, IN TERMS OF THE STATE'S REVENUE PICTURE, AS WELL AS LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S REVENUE. AND FRANKLY IT'S TOO EARLY TO, TO TELL AT THIS POINT."

SUPER: FILE

VO TAG:

HILL IS NOT READY TO SAY IF NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE YEAR THE STATE MUST EITHER DRASTICALLY REDUCE ITS SPENDING OR IMPOSE NEW TAXES. SHE ALSO NOTES THE CURRENT BUDGET DOES NOT INCLUDE THE TWO BILLION DOLLARS STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG HAS RECOMMENDED THE STATE SPEND EACH YEAR TO COVER THE STATE'S UNFUNDED LIABILITIES FOR RETIRED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' HEALTH CARE AND PENSION BENEFITS.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: ELIZABETH HILL/LEGISLATIVE ANALYST

SOT: (0:26)

SAYS: "WELL A NUMBER OF PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE OBSERVED THAT OTHER PRIOR YEARS WOULD HAVE BEEN THAT, THAT SITUATION. AND I THINK THAT WE'LL CLOSELY BE MONITORING THE REVENUE AND ITS SPENDING PATTERN, FOR EXAMPLE THE STATE JUST LOST A MAJOR LAWSUIT ON APPEAL JUST LAST WEEK AFTER THE BUDGET WAS ALREADY ENACTED. AND WE'LL BE UPDATING ALL OF OUR FORECASTS ESTIMATES IN NOVEMBER, IN ORDER TO ASSIST THE LEGISLATURE, SEEING WHAT THE CURRENT FISCAL SITUATION IS FOR THE STATE, AND WHAT WILL BE THE ECONOMIC AND FISCAL SITUATION FACING THE GOVERNOR AS HE INTRODUCED THE BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR ON JANUARY 10TH."

SOT: (0:31)

SAYS: "YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE UNFUNDED LIABILITY FOR STATE RETIRED ANNUITANTS, AND NO, THE BUDGET DOESN'T FORWARD FUND IT, IT FUNDS IT ON A PAY-AS YOU-GO BASIS. OUR OFFICE HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED TO THE LEGISLATURE TO DO PRE-FUNDING OF THE TYPE THAT YOU'RE JUST MENTIONING. SO THERE ARE CERTAINLY A LOT OF WILDCARDS OUT THERE ON THE HORIZON, FOR EXAMPLE THE BUDGET DEPENDS IN PART ON SOME TRIBAL GAMBLING REVENUES, UNCLEAR THAT THAT WILL COME TO A PASS ON THE ORDER ASSUMED IN THE BUDGET."

2. BACK TO SCHOOL MESSAGE VO/SOT

LIVE:

THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBIC INSTRUCTION VISITED A SACRAMENTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIS MORNING TO ANNOUNCE HE HAS POSTED A VIDEO ON THE INTERNET EXTOLLING THE FUN AND EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF ATTENDING SCHOOL. DURING THE VISIT, SUPERINTENDENT JACK O'CONNELL ALSO SUGGESTED STUDENTS TURN OFF THEIR COMPUTERS TO FOCUS ON THEIR STUDIES.

SUPER: TODAY/ BRET HARTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25)

WHILE TOUTING THE TWO-MINUTE VIDEO PRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT IS NOW POSTED ON THE VIDEO-FILE SWAPPING WEBSITE YOU TUBE, O'CONNELL ADVOCATED STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR READING SKILLS, SAYING STUDENTS SHOULD LEARN TO READ SO THEY CAN READ TO LEARN. THE SUPERINTENDENT, A FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER, ALSO REPEATEDLY MISUSED THE WORD MEDIAN WHEN DISCUSSING THE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF THE MEDIUM KNOWN AS THE INTERNET.

SUPER: STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL/D-SAN LUIS OBISPO

SOT: (0:46)

SAYS: "A NEW MEDIAN FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION CLEARLY IS THE INTERNET. AND SO THIS IS PART OF OUR OBLIGATION AND RESPONSIBILITY TO UTILIZE THIS LATEST MEDIAN TO ACCESS MORE INFORMATION, PROMOTE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT, AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THAT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY HAS A STAKE IN OUR STUDENTS' SUCCESS.

REPORTER: "POINT NUMBER TWO THAT YOU MENTIONED UP THERE WAS THE VALUE OF TURNING OFF THE COMPUTER. AREN'T YOU THEN SENDING KIND OF A MIXED MESSAGE BY PUTTING OUT, YOU NOW, MESSAGES ON THE COMPUTER AT THE SAME TIME, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE TELLING PEOPLE TO GO THERE?

SAYS: "WUH, WUH, WUH, WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE LEARNING AND GAINING AND ACCESSING INFORMATION IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND MANY MORE WAYS TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT STUDENTS, WHEN IT COMES TIME TO DO HOMEWORK, NEED TO BE IN THAT SAFE ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT ANY OUTSIDE DISTRACTIONS."

SUPER: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION VIDEO

VO TAG:

O'CONNELL SAYS MONEY USED TO PRODUCE THE VIDEO CAME FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET. O'CONNELL SAID THE POSTING OF THE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE WAS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH STUDENTS STARTING THEIR NEW SCHOOL YEAR AFTER THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY, BUT THE SCHOOL HE VISITED TODAY IS A YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL WHICH STARTED ITS ACADEMIC YEAR TWO WEEKS AGO.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

THE VIDEO IS AVAILABLE AT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnpuxGj5UA8

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: JACK O'CONNELL/STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION/D-SAN LUIS OBISPO

SOT: (0:10)

SAYS: "AND I WANT TO TELL YOU ANOTHER LITTLE SECRET. NUMBER TWO, IT'S OKAY TO TURN OFF THE COMPUTER, AND THE CELL PHONE, WHEN YOU'RE AT HOME DOING HOMEWORK. WE WANT YOU TO BE FOCUSED ON THAT HOMEWORK."

SOT: (0:35)

REPORTER: "YOU MENTIONED THIS, YOU'RE KIND OF TAKING A BACK TO SCHOOL MESSAGE IN THIS POST LABOR DAY, ALL THAT. BUT THIS SCHOOL'S BEEN AROUND FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. SO, WAS THIS THE BEST VENUE FOR THIS KIND OF MESSAGE WHEN IT REALLY DOESN'T APPLY TO THESE STUDENTS?"

SAYS: "OUR STUDENTS ARE REALLY LEARNING. OUR STUDENTS NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE REMAIN ON TASK. THE SCHOOL SCHEDULE RIGHT NOW IS 180 DAYS, MANY OF US WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT EVEN EXTENDED SO OUR STUDENTS HAVE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN LEARNING. SO LEARNING IS REALLY YEAR ROUND, AND IT'S NOT JUST GOING TO BE FROM 8:30 IN THE MORNING TILL THREE IN THE AFTERNOON. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS REMAIN ENGAGED, UH, AFTER SCHOOL HOURS, WEEKENDS, YEAR ROUND."

3. HEALTHCARE REFORM MESSAGE VO/SOT

LIVE: MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS ARE LOBBYING LAWMAKERS AND THE GOVERNOR TO PASS LEGISLATION TO MAKE HEALTH COVERAGE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE. THEY VISITED LAWMAKERS TODAY AT THE STATE CAPITOL.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) THE VISITS CAME AS LAWMAKERS AND THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF SAID THEY AND THE LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP HAD BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS REGARDING HEALTH CARE REFORM DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. LAWMAKERS DOWNPLAYED SPECULATION THAT THEY INTENDED TO PASS LEGISLATION AIMED AT SOME COMPONENTS OF REDUCING COSTS AND RAISING FUNDS FOR UNIVERSAL COVERAGE, AND WOULD TAKE OTHER ELEMENTS TO THE VOTERS. THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF SAID IT HADN'T RULED OUT ANY OPTION BUT

SUPER: SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

SOT: (:38)

SAYS: "THERE ARE MANY SUBSTANTIAL INTERESTS WHO'S LIVELIHOOD ARE INVOLVED IN THIS. WE'RE CLOSER BUT NOT ANYWHERE NEAR A VICTORY YET. THAT HAS BEEN UNFORTUNATELY BEING DISCUSSED AND LOOKS LIKE A FAIT ACOMPLI, WE'RE A LONG WAY FROM A TAX YOU WOULD HAVE TO THINK THROUGH THE INTEREST VOTERS WOULD HAVE IN AGREEING TO SUPPORT SOMETHING LIKE THAT."

VO TAG:

THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF SAID PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE IN TALKS WITH SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE PERATA REGARDING A BOND TO CONSTRUCT DAMS AND A SYSTEM TO MOVE WATER FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SOUTH AROUND THE ENDANGERED SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN RIVER DELTA SYSTEM.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: JOSE MOLINA/AARP HISPANIC REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

SOT: (:11)

SAYS: "WELL I DON'T THINK THEY CAN CHANGE THE BIG THING BUT IF THEY START THE PROCEDURE OF MAKING CHANGES, HEY LET'S LOOK AT THE FUTURE."

SOT: (:11)

SAYS: "NO ESPERO QUE RESUELVEN ... ES TODO."

REGARDING HIS BILL TO CHANGE THE WAY LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS ARE DRAWN AND CHANGE LAWMAKER TERM LIMITS TO 12 TOTAL YEARS INSTEAD OF THE CURRENT 14 BUT ALLOW THEM ALL TO BE SERVED IN ONE HOUSE. THERE IS CONCERN AMONG SUPPORTERS OF A SIMILAR BALLOT INITIATIVE RELATED TO TERM LIMITS THAT IT MAY BE IN DANGER OF NOT HAVING THE REQUIRED VALID SIGNATURES TO QUALIFY FOR THE FEBRUARY PRIMARY BALLOT IN 2008, WHICH WOULD ENABLE CURRENT LAWMAKERS TO SERVE ADDITIONAL TERMS IN THE SEAT THEY CURRENTLY OCCUPY.

SUPER: SENATOR ROY ASHBURN/R-BAKERSFIELD

SOT: (:26)

SAYS: "I WOULD ENCOURAGE GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER TO SAY A TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE SHOULD NOT BE APPROVED ALONE, BUT REDISTRICTING COMMISSIONER."

SOT: (:22)

SAYS: "IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE SOME PHONE CALLS ARE BEING MADE AND PRESSURE BEING APPLIED. IN JUST A FEW SIGNATURES REVISES THE ESTIMATE BY ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND. I'M HOPEFUL THAT IT'S HANDS OFF AND THE COUNTY CLERKS ARE HANDLING THIS IN A TRULY PROFESSIONAL MANNER."

REGARDING NEGOTIATIONS ON WATER ISSUES WITH THE GOVERNOR AND HOW HE NO LONGER STAUNCHLY OPPOSES DAMS

SUPER: SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

SOT: (1:18)

SAYS: "THE FEDERAL COURT DECISION LAST WEEK HAS JUMP STARTED THE DISCUSSION. WE'RE IN DEEP TROUBLE, THE FACT THE MATTER IS WE DON'T DO SOMETHING QUICKLY EVEN IF NOT THE BEST THING OR THE ONLY THING, WE'VE GOTTA DO SOMETHING BECAUSE THE FEDERAL COURT COULD CUT OFF 50 PERCENT OF THE WATER GOING THROUGH THE DELTA, TO DO ANYTHING MEANINGFUL WOULD REQUIRE GOING TO THE VOTERS. DOES THAT INCLUDE DAMS AND A PERIPHERAL CANAL? I DON'T THINK ANYTHING'S ON OR OFF THE TABLE, WE HAVE A LITTLE TIME LEFT FOR THE FEBRUARY BALLOT. DAMS AREN'T OFF THE TABLE? NO I'VE SAID IN THE PAST IF THE ONLY THING IS A DAM, WRONG GUY IT HAS TO BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION THE MOST EXPENSIVE IS A DAM."

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