** People have been wondering when campaigning will begin for the massive infrastructure bonds package on California’s November ballot. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will apppear alongside the Sacramento River tomorrow to push for the bonds, in particular the big levee repair bond.
** California Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata told reporters this afternoon “there will be a bill” on flood control. This move follows last week’s move of sidelining a flood control package till next year, while of course promoting the big levee repair bond on the November ballot. What will the bill be? Notes from his press secretary, Alicia Trost, don’t make that entirely clear.
** After much criticism, and the gutting of his bills yesterday, Democratic legislators appear today to be adopting much of the Schwarzenegger approach in dealing with the prison crisis. More building, just on a smaller scale.
** Like his fellow moderate Republican, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being very cautious in embracing other candidates in his blue state.
** Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides has backslid on his support for universal health care. As of yesterday, he was appearing at a big Capitol rally Wednesday in favor of state Senator Sheila Kuehl‘s bill for universal health care. Now his spokespeople are saying he has not endorsed the bill and Angelides is scheduled to appear at another Capitol event, again ripping Walmart, as he did yesterday in San Francisco, just prior to the health care rally. Actually, as reported many times here, Angelides endorsed Kuehl’s bill as part of his Democratic primary battle with Controller Steve Westly.
** Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides is taping Univision’s Voz y Voto today for Saturday showing around California. CORRECTION: Angelides is taping the show on Wednesday.
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