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|Five California Governors Discuss the State's Future in the Third-Season Premiere of "California Connected," Airing Thursday, February 19 at 10PM |
Exclusive "Can California Be Governed?" Panel Discussion Features
Former California Governors Brown, Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis;
Lisa McRee Conducts One-on-One Interview With Governor Schwarzenegger
LOS ANGELES -- Feb. 17, 2004 -- The third-season premiere of California Public Television's innovative, witty and award-winning newsmagazine, "California Connected," features an unprecedented gathering of four former California governors -- Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis -- in an exclusive roundtable discussion, as well as host Lisa McRee's one-on-one interview with current Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This very special "California Connected" edition entitled "Can California Be Governed?" broadcasts statewide simultaneously on 10 of California's PBS stations on Thursday, Feb. 19 (10-11 p.m.). The interviews took place at KCET Studios in Hollywood Tuesday evening,
McRee's discussion with Governor Schwarzenegger focused primarily what the new governor has learned about bringing together Democrats and Republicans, how they are spending the tax dollars and a discussion about his efforts on behalf of Proposition 57.
Schwarzenegger explained his point of view about bringing the proposition to voters, "The key thing of all of this is never to give up and never think that it cannot be governed. The fact is if you believe in governing with the politics of life versus politics of death...death means that you are in the status quo, the bureaucracy, and the old ways of doing things, and always saying, "Well, this has never been done before, therefore we can not do it." I will not settle for that. I believe in the politics of life, that is, to be courageous, to show leadership, to bring energy, to be innovative, and go out and really show people the bigger picture and go for the bigger things, rather than saying it can't be done."
When asked if there were any situation in which the Governor would consider raising taxes, he replied, "Right now the most important thing is to stop spending, because we can only spend what we have. That is the bottom line. And I would not even think about anything else, about raising taxes or anything else until we solve that particular problem. If there is a disaster, or there is a terrorist attack, or anything like that, of course then we maybe have to raise taxes, but that's not the situation right now. We are not in that kind of an emergency.
"The topics addressed here tonight will affect all Californians for years to come," explains McRee. "It's great that those who were, and in some respects still are, at the forefront of shaping our daily lives were able to clearly address the needs of this state and help set an agenda for the state's recovery."
"I feel strongly that a show like this helps empower people to take action in their local communities," said Executive Producer Marley Klaus. "The end result of this incredible meeting of the minds will hopefully be a clearer understanding of what needs to be done to solve some the state's ills and help make California a better place to live."
The "California Connected" special also examines the group that is spending the most money lobbying Sacramento - our cities and counties -- and how their lobbying dollars -- also known as tax dollars -- are outpacing the lobbying efforts of groups like the gaming industry, teachers, prison guards and automobile manufacturers.
"California Connected" is co-produced by four PBS stations -- KCET-Los Angeles, KPBS-San Diego, KQED-San Francisco and KVIE-Sacramento -- but is broadcast statewide through a unique collaboration with KEET-Eureka, KIXE-Redding, KOCE- Huntington Beach, KRCB-Rohnert Park, KVCR-San Bernardino and KVPT-Fresno.
Beginning this season, there will be an audio version of "California Connected" available to air on public radio stations statewide, including KPBS-FM (San Diego), KQED-FM (San Francisco, Sacramento) and KPCC-FM (Pasadena). The radio program will also be available via streaming audio on the show's Web site at californiaconnected.org. The "California Connected" audio version is produced by KPBS; KQED runs the show's Web magazine.
Since its creation, the show has garnered numerous awards. In 2003, awards included two Golden Mikes, two Aurora Awards for a News Magazine/Interview, a Gracie Award (American Women in Radio and Television), three Northern California Emmys, one for Best Current Affairs Program and another for Best Reporting on Government, as well as honors from the Association of Capitol Reporter and Editors TV Public Service for In-Depth Reporting.
"California Connected" is executive produced by Marley Klaus. Michael Schenker is the executive line producer and Deborah Clark is the senior producer. Joyce Campbell is the series production executive for KCET. The series is close-captioned and available in Spanish through the Second Audio Program function.
The series is funded by The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation and welcomes its newest partner, The California Endowment.
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