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Thursday, November 15 th, 2007
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1. Anonymous Campaign Account Initiative VO/SOT
Taxpayer advocacy and eminent domain reform groups will introduce a ballot measure they call the "Taxpayer Protection Act of 2008" which they say would prohibit taxpayer financed organizations from contributing money to anonymous campaign accounts. The groups claim that the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and Redevelopment Association have contributed seven million dollars to oppose ballot measures that would end the seizure of private property for another private purpose using political accounts financed by undisclosed sources. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. McCain In Sacramento VO/SOT
United States Senator and Republican Presidential candidate John McCain is in Sacramento today for a press availability. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. Presidential Primary Drawing VO/NAT
The Secretary of State's Office will conduct a random drawing this morning to determine the randomized alphabet for the order candidate's names will be listed on the February 2008 Presidential Primary ballot. For every election, a drawing is held to create a unique random alphabet so there will be no advantage of any particular candidate appearing at the top of every ballot. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. Hate Crime Committee VO/SOT
The Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes will hold an informational hearing on reports of hate crimes committed in state parks against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals. Efforting soundbites and video.
5. Central Valley Air REQUEST
Efforting soundbites and video from San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's presentation at the California Air Resources Board regarding diesel emission reduction targets per station request.
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Little Hoover Commission-meets this morning at the capitol for a hearing on juvenile justice in California. This is the first of two hearings to review the realignment of the state's juvenile justice system. A second hearing is planned in February.
Family Involvement Day- Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell will be at a Sacramento middle school to highlight the first ever California Family Involvement Day. The intent of the event is to create awareness of the importance of parental involvement in their children's education.
Child Welfare Council -- The first meeting of the new California Child Welfare Council occurs today in Sacramento. The council is an advisory body intended to address the needs of children in foster care.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Los Angeles for a press conference about alternative fueled vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show.
The Senate and Assembly have adjourned for the 2007 regular session. The special session for health care and water are on going. The 2008 session convenes January 7th.
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