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Governor Schwarzenegger promised that it would never happen, but in private conversations he’s floated a one-cent sales tax increase to balance the budget. On Reporter’s Notebook, the temperature in the ground at one spot in Ventura county: 812 degrees.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Governor Floats Sales Tax Hike To End Budget Standoff 18 MIN, 55 SEC

Legislators in have told reporters that Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a one-cent hike in the state sales tax to balance the budget.

Guests:
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)
Chuck DeVore, Candidate for Republican nomnation for US Senate
Mark Paul, Deputy Director of the California Program, New America Foundation

Reporter's Notebook At Mysterious Hot Spot in Ventura County, Soil is More Than 800 degrees 5 MIN, 19 SEC

Last Friday, there were reports of smoke rising from the ground in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Firefighters found there were no flames but at a foot beneath the surface the temperature of the ground was 812 degrees.

Guests:
Iraj Ershaghi, Professor of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, Director of the Petroleum Engineering Dept at USC

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