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Barack Obama is coming to California at the beginning of his campaign, not just to collect contributions but to ask for votes.  He'll be collecting Hollywood money tonight in Beverly Hills, on a day he also addressed real voters, signaling the importance of the state's plan for a February primary and it's significance to the liberal Senator from Illinois.  We hear about both events. Also, Governor Schwarzenegger calls a court ruling a “threat to public safety” and, on Reporter's Notebook, just what is the State Transportation Commission, which outraged Mayor Villaraigosa and other local officials?

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Dan Konecky

Main Topic Barack Obama in Los Angeles 10 MIN, 17 SEC

Nobody's surprised when a presidential candidate comes to California almost a year before the primary voting begins--looking for money. What's rare is the candidate who's also looking for votes. But this year is different. California's about to move its own primary up from June to February, which means that Golden State voters will be important for the first time in decades.  Tonight, Illinois' Democratic Senator Barack Obama will be at a Hollywood fundraiser in Beverly Hills. This afternoon, presidential candidate Obama was scheduled to speak at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex in the West Adams District of Los Angeles.

Guests:
Bob Salladay, Capitol Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, journalist and civil rights activist (@earlhutchinson)

Reporter's Notebook State Transportation Commission Meets on Freeway Funds' Allocation 10 MIN, 17 SEC

After lobbying motorists yesterday on the LA's Westside, Mayor Villaraigosa flew off to Sacramento for today's meeting of the State Transportation Commission. Local leaders were furious at the way the Commission staff allocated the first of $20 billion in bonds passed last November. Supervisor Gloria Molina called it "an insult to the people of Los Angeles County." Evan Halper keeps track of the Transportation Commission for the Los Angeles Times in Sacramento.

Guests:
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

Making News Judge Rules Governor's Interstate Prison Transfers Illegal 7 MIN, 32 SEC

State Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian says Governor Schwarzenegger has violated the law and the constitution by transferring prisoners out of state to ease overcrowding.  The Governor calls the ruling "a threat to public safety." Mark Martin reports for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Mark Martin, Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle

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