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California's public pension debate moves to the south state, where a new legislative committee will look at recent changes and options for fiscal stability.

Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino and Assemblyman Warren Furutani of Gardena, both Democrats, are chairing the informational hearing, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carson City Council Chambers.

The meeting comes on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown's announcement yesterday that he'll unveil his proposed changes to public pensions tomorrow.

Several union representatives and lobbyists are among the scheduled speakers at today's hearing. They include Yvonne Walker, president of SEIU Local 1000; Rich Brandt, president of Long Beach Firefighters; and Dave Low, executive director of the California School Employees Association.

Also listed are representatives of CDF Firefighters, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California State Association of Counties, California Special Districts Association, SEIU California, the State Association of County Retirement Systems, AFSCME California, the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, the California Teachers Association and the Association of California School Administrators.

Other perspectives will come from Desi Rodrigues of the Department of Personnel Administration, Santa Monica city manager Rod Gould, Ann Boynton of California Public Employees' Retirement System and Ed Derman of California State Teachers' Retirement System.

The hearing will be streamed live on the city of Carson's website, Members of the group Californians for Retirement Security will hold a news conference outside City Hall at 9:15 a.m. before the hearing starts.

Farther south, a joint legislative hearing from 3 to 6 p.m. in San Diego's City Council Chambers looks at last month's power outage affecting more than 5 million people. Representatives of electric utilities and balancing authorities, public health and safety, waste-water treatment facilities, and wireless communication facilities, and others will examine vulnerabilities in the grid.

HEALTH FAIR: The California Pharmacists are sponsoring a health fair to promote American Pharmacists Month. Look for free flu shots, blood pressure readings and diabetes screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capitol's north steps.

CLEAN TECH: Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, heads up a select committee hearing starting at 10 a.m. at Solaria Corp. in Fremont on growing green jobs in the state. Listed speakers include representatives of solar firms, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and the cities of San Jose and Fremont.

EARTHQUAKES: The California National Guard is highlighting its weeklong Dual Status Command earthquake preparedness exercise at a news conference starting at 1 p.m. at the Guard's state headquarters, 9800 Goethe Road in Sacramento.

NEW ROLE: Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, has been named overall co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures for 2011-2012. The bipartisan organization's president, Kansas Senate President Stephen Morris, made the appointment. The group advocates for the interests of states within the federal system.


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