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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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1. STATE FISCAL OUTLOOK VO/SOT
The Legislative Analyst is releasing her economic and budget projections for the 2007-08 fiscal year through 2012-13. This takes greater significance as the controller reported yesterday that October revenues were below projections in this year's budgets and the governor's finance office is directing all state departments to examine potential cuts, fearing a deficit much greater than the six billion dollar one predicted by the department for the coming fiscal year as this current year budget was signed. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. PIGLET BOOK VO/SOT
Citizens Against Government Waste and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation will release their fifth annual Piglet Book, that outlines waste, fraud and abuse in government spending. The book is modeled after the Pig Book which highlights similar waste in the federal government. The waste highlighted in the 2007 Piglet Book totals more than three billion dollars. The "Porky" mascot will attend the news conference in Sacramento, because what's a piglet book story without a dancing pig? Efforting soundbites and video.
3. GRAY DAVIS AT PRESS CLUB VO/SOT
Recalled Governor Gray Davis is the featured guest at the Sacramento Press Club's luncheon this afternoon. He is expected to discuss what has changed and what hasn't since the 2003 recall election, partly called for by voters due to the state's increasing budget deficit at the time. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH/TERRORISM VO/SOT
The state Office of Homeland Security and the Office of Emergency Services will conduct their annual Golden Guardian terrorism preparation and response drill. Most of the scenarios will occur in Anaheim, San Jose and Stockton. The Department of Public Health will coordinate the portion of the drill related to health facilities throughout the state from its offices in Sacramento. Efforting soundbites and video from public health portion of exercise.
5. HEALTH COMMITTEE HEARING VO/SOT
The Assembly Health Committee will consider legislation by the Speaker, or and Assembly Republican leader this afternoon at the State Capitol. This is the first health care hearing that will presumably involve a vote on health care reform since the special session was called following the regular 2007 session. Efforting soundbites and video.
6. ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD VO/SOT
An Environmental lobbying organization will award California's Environmental Protection Agency a "gold star" for promoting energy efficiency and clean energy technology. Environment California issued a new report comparing California's record on energy policy to other states, of which seven others will receive a "gold star." The group is calling on the federal government to follow California's and other state's leads and voting for a federal energy bill to promote greater energy efficiency. Efforting soundbites and video.
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High Speed Rail Vote The High Speed Rail Authority will consider approval of the recommendation to connect the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley via the Pacheco Pass rather than the Altamont Pass and consider a raise for the Executive Director. (CTNS previewed the route vote on Monday's feed).
Fish Report The United States Board of Reclamation, state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss an environmental impact report on fish recovery efforts in the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Hospitals and Seismic Safety -- The Building Standards Commission will consider revising the way it evaluates hospitals for seismic safety which would lower the number of hospitals that must undergo seismic retrofitting before 2013 instead of 2030. Newer standards use soil and distance to fault lines to determine seismic vulnerability. Under older standards about 40 percent of the state's hospitals would have to be retrofitted before 2013.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Sacramento for private meetings.
The Senate and Assembly have adjourned for the 2007 regular session. The special session for health care and water are on going, with a health committee hearing scheduled today and Schwarzenegger renewing the call for a water policy to rehabilitate the delta and provide dams and ground water storage yesterday at a conference of county government officials. The 2008 session convenes January 7th.
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