State Scientists Do California state workers make more or less than their private-sector counterparts? State scientists say they make less, and it's an issue in the public pension debate. Last week, we spoke about public pensions with an economist at the Reason Foundation, a libertarian-leaning think tank. Adam Summers says the cost of public pensions is too high; he also says state workers are no longer paid less than their private-section counterparts. We heard from many state scientists who say they have labor market surveys that prove they are paid less than scientists in the private sector. Today on Insight, we'll talk with the staff director of the California Association of Professional Scientists and a state scientist with the Department of Fish and Game about this.
Shakespeare Fest This year's Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is almost entirely made up of music concerts of many genres. One thing you won't find is an actual Shakespeare play, although there is a production of the comedy show "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." We'll talk with the new executive director of the festival about it.
"Spamalot" The Monty Python-inspired musical "Spamalot" opens this week in Sacramento. It's the first time the show comes to town after successful runs in London, Broadway and Las Vegas. This production is by Music Circus. "Spamalot" was written by Python member Eric Idle and based on the cult-classic film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." You'll hear about the popular play and meet three of the actors.
"Spamalot" opens Friday, July 9th and runs through Sunday, July 18th at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento. Information: (916) 557-1999.
Jose Montoya The great Chicano artist Jose Montoya has a new book out that he both wrote and illustrated. "El Chale Gallego Y'l Xorty" is the tale of two guys from New Mexico and their dog and one unusual feature of the book is that it reads from right to left. You'll meet Jose Montoya and hear about his work.
A book release party for "El Chale Gallego Y'l Xorty" is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7th at The Book Collector, 1008 24th St., Sacramento. Information: (916) 442-9295.