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The California High-Speed Rail Authority seeks to answer its doubters today, unveiling a new business plan at 11 a.m. at a spot that showcases a different kind of train - the California State Railroad Museum.

The Sacramento Press Club, which saw the authority cancel an announcement event twice, has to be feeling snubbed, but at least the visuals will be better. Authority Chair Tom Umberg will be there, along with board members Dan Richard, Mike Rossi and Jim Hartnett, and CEO Roelof van Ark.

Much is riding on the reception to the plan, which needs legislative approval to proceed with building the first phase of the project in the Central Valley.

PARK CLOSURES: Assemblymen Roger Dickinson and Jared Huffman are holding a joint hearing of the Committees on Accountability & Administrative Review and Water, Parks & Wildlife to review plans to shut down 70 state parks - and any efforts to keep them open.

The 9 a.m. hearing in Room 437 at the Capitol will be televised on the California Channel.

ENGLISH LEARNERS: The Senate Select Committee on College and University Admissions and Outreach holds a 10 a.m. hearing today at the Fresno Board of Education on the question of "English proficiency as a barrier to college admission."


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