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Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed $656 million today before signing last week's budget deal. Even he concedes that California's "not out of troubled waters." We look at the prospects and ask whatever happened to the California Dream. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Mexican grey wolves are almost extinct, and efforts to reintroduce them are failing fast. Will the President from Chicago be more sensitive to the Endangered Species Act than his predecessor from Texas?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott

Main Topic The State Budget and the End of the California Dream 25 MIN, 29 SEC

Governor Schwarzenegger today signed last week's budget compromise into law, minus $656 million in cuts he said were necessary to balance the measure. He called it "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Guests:
Judy Lin, Associated Press
Anthony Wright, Health Access California (@healthaccess)
Jean Ross, California Budget Project
Lou Cannon, Editorial Advisor, State Net Capitol Journal
Peter Schrag, longtime writer on California politics

Main Topic Will the Mexican Wolf Survive the Obama Administration? 28 MIN, 1 SEC

Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered mammal in the United States.  In 1998, the Clinton Administration began a recovery program on 4 million acres of mostly public land in New Mexico and Arizona. The goal was to have 100 animals living in the wild by 2006. Today, there are only about 50.

Guests:
Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times (@julie_cart)
Caren Cowan, Executive Director, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association
Ray Ring, Senior Editor, High Country News
Michael Robinson, Conservation Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity

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