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Governor Schwarzenegger has given the Assembly and Senate just hours to address California’s water problems or lose 10 months of legislative effort.  Also, does California regulate health insurance? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, technology and economics are working big change on the business of entertainment. What are the opportunities for content with quality and the risks of Hollywood dumbing down more than ever?

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal

Making News Schwarzenegger Threatens Veto over Water Deal 11 MIN, 6 SEC

This afternoon, most of the Sacramento press corps was outside Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office where he was meeting with the leaders of both parties in the Assembly and Senate. The Governor threatened to veto more than 700 bills passed this year if the lawmakers do not enact legislation on the state's massive water problems. The problems have reached a point of crisis, and this is the first time in decades that water users, regulators and environmental groups have come close to resolving their issues. As always, a major factor is money.

Guests:
Wyatt Buchanan, San Francisco Chronicle
Samantha Young, Reporter, Associated Press

Main Topic Is California Ready for National Healthcare Reform? 13 MIN, 20 SEC

The idea of the federal government providing an alternative to health insurance has been adamantly opposed by Republicans and so-called "Blue Dog" Democrats. One proposed way out is to allow the states to provide "public options" of their own. So what about California?  How does this state regulate health insurance now?

Guests:
Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times (@lisagirion)
Jamie Court, President, Consumer Watchdog (@consumerwd)

Making a Killing

Jamie Court and Francis Smith

Main Topic Hollywood Meets the Internet and Economic Reality 28 MIN, 20 SEC

Hollywood is waking up to technology and economics.  Studios are becoming revolving doors for executives, and the standards for "green-lighting" new projects aren't what they used to be.

Guests:
Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times (@latimesmovies)
James McQuivey, Media and Technology Analyst, Forrester Research
Mark Gill, President of Millenium Films
Jordan Levin, Co-Founder, Generate

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