Sit down and fasten your seat belt: Gov. Jerry Brown will unveil his budget proposal for the next 18 months today.
Brown will present his budget along with Finance Director Ana Matosantos at 11 a.m. The press conference, held in the Capitol's Room 1190, will be broadcast on CalChannel.com.
The full proposal will also be posted online at that time at www.ebudget.ca.gov.
As The Bee has reported, Brown's budget will rely on a long list of cuts that "seem designed to hit services that permeate every part of Californians' lives" to close a projected deficit of more than $25 billion through the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
The plan is also expected to include a proposed ballot measure to extend temporary increases on taxes set to expire this year and repeal a tax benefit for corporations.
Read recent news related to the budget and see an interactive time line of California's budget crisis at The Bee's online budget news hub.
LIVE CHAT: Got questions on Brown's proposal? Join The Bee's 11 a.m. live chat on the budget at this link.
RALLIES: A coalition of advocates for seniors, the disabled, health care, long-term care and corrections reform brought together by the Health and Human Services Network will rally inside the Capitol as Brown's budget is released to urge the governor and lawmakers to consider revenue increases before cuts to social and health services. Seniors, people with disabilities and home care workers will also be roaming the halls to speak out against cuts to In-Home Supportive Services.
TAKING THE OATH: Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will hold a 1 p.m. inaugural ceremony in the Senate chambers. The former San Francisco mayor decided to hold off on taking the oath of office and giving up his old post until a new Board of Supervisors was sworn in to pick an interim mayor he supported.
HIGH COURT: Think you know who Brown will appoint to the state Supreme Court seat when Justice Carlos Moreno steps down next month? Submit your pick for the short list to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIRTHDAY: Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, turns 47.
Editor's note: This post was updated at 8:22 a.m. to reflect a change in location for the Newsom swearing in ceremony.