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Supreme Court-California Prisons.JPGIt's been more than two months since the U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark decision ordering California to cut its prison population by more than 33,000 inmates. The clock is ticking. So how is the state doing?

The Legislative Analyst's Office is releasing a status report estimating the effects of the state's efforts to reduce overcrowding. The report will also make recommendations to the Legislature. Look for it on the LAO's website by 10 a.m.

How will the federal health care reform law affect Medi-Cal expansion? Helen Lee of the Public Policy Institute of California will discuss California's uninsured poor adults at a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th St., Sacramento. Click here for more information.

Meanwhile, legislators keep working their home districts during the Capitol recess.

Down in the south state, the Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation is hosting a health summit in Los Angeles, with Democratic Assemblyman Tony Mendoza of Artesia and others discussing implementation of the federal health care reform law as well as the state budget's effects on access to care. The summit starts at 8 a.m. at the USC Health Sciences Campus conference center. Click here for more information.

In Irvine, Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, and Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine, are conducting a town hall at Brandman University to discuss regulatory relief for small businesses. Registration and continental breakfast start at 8 a.m., with the meeting itself running from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Click here to see a flier for the event.

And back in the capital city, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is hosting a financial literacy workshop conducted by State Farm Insurance volunteers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at La Familia Counseling Center, 5523 34th St., in Sacramento.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, turns 59 today.

REDISTRICTING: Want to know how the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has reshaped the districts of legislators and members of Congress who now represent you? Enter an address into The Bee's new interactive map and see how the boundaries and political make-up of the districts have changed. Check it out here.

PHOTO CREDIT: In this May 20, 2009 file photo, several hundred inmates crowd the gymnasium at San Quentin State Prison. (AP Photo/ Eric Risberg, File)


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