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The teachers are in town.

Representatives of the California Teachers Association and other unions are kicking off their "week of action" today, gathering at 11:45 a.m. at Cathedral Square at 11th and K streets before walking to the Capitol to urge legislators to extend higher tax rates to avoid deeper cuts to education and other services. Members will also rally in San Francisco and elsewhere.

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan says she and others will start occupying the Capitol in support of that effort.

Liberal Democrat Marcy Winograd -- who's running for the 36th Congressional District seat -- is also backing the "occupation."

Meanwhile, California's been collecting more tax revenue than expected, which is complicating Gov. Jerry Brown's pitch to let voters decide whether to keep those higher tax rates.

Both the Senate and the Assembly have set floor sessions today at noon. Click here for the Senate's legislative schedule, and click here for the Assembly's.

Also in town: a new consulting firm called the Ginsberg McLear Group.

That would be Josh Ginsberg, who was former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's political director, and Aaron McLear, who was Schwarzenegger's press secretary.

Their group is affiliated with the issues advocacy and ballot measure firm Goddard Claussen West, which has worked on several California ballot issues, including the Yes on Proposition 11 campaign to set up the Citizens Redistricting Commission. Find Ginsberg McLear's brand-new website here.

TECHNOLOGY: Cloud computing, social media in government and lessons learned from legacy IT systems are all on the agenda at the two-day Government Technology Conference West, which starts this morning at the Sacramento Convention Center. Click here for more information.

NEPOTISM: A group calling itself United Public Workers for Action is holding a news conference at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's west steps to allege nepotism in California state agencies.

FOSTER CARE: Foster kids and children's advocates are making May as National Foster Care Month starting at 11:30 a.m. with an information fair on the Capitol's west steps. The band Mumbo Gumbo will also perform.

PROTEST: Members of the Sacramento-based California Protective Parents Association will gather at noon on the south side of the Capitol and march to the Appellate Courts on Capitol Mall to protest the court systems they say are harming domestic violence victims. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, is listed to speak to participants after they reassemble at the Capitol.

CHOIR: Azusa Pacific University's Bel Canto Women's Choir performs on the east lawn at the Capitol at 2 p.m. Assemblyman Mike Morell, R-Rancho Cucamonga will be honoring the evangelical Christian university's choir during the Assembly's floor session.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, turns 45 today.


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