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Four Republican state senators, including Senate Republican leader Bob Dutton, are holding a presser under the dome to highlight what they see as the urgency of reforming California's public pension systems.

Joining Dutton are Sens. Tom Berryhill, Tom Harman and Mimi Walters. Their news conference starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 305.

Gov. Jerry Brown's own reform plan got a mixed review from the Legislative Analyst's Office on Tuesday, as The Bee's Jon Ortiz reported. The LAO questioned whether Brown's proposal to split pension costs equally between employers and current employees could be legally mandated.

Down in the south state, Mike Rossi, Brown's senior adviser on jobs and business development, will participate in a White House Business Council roundtable discussion about small business owners. The panel runs from 9 a.m. to noon at CSU-Los Angeles in the ballroom at 5151 State University Drive.

Other listed speakers include David Hinson, director of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency; Andre Gudger, director of the Office of Small Business Programs at the U.S. Department of Defense; Peter Gravett, secretary of the state's California Department of Veteran Affairs; Joel Ayala, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development; and Jerome Horton, Board of Equalization chairman.

SCHOOL FACILITIES: Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, and Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, co-chair a joint hearing on financing options for K-12 school facilities. Speakers include representatives from the Office of Public School Construction, the State Allocation Board, Division of the State Architect, as well as the Legislative Analyst's Office and Los Angeles Unified School District. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 3191.

AGING: Sen. Elaine Alquist, D- Santa Clara, conducts a subcommittee hearing on aging and long-term care starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 113.

THIS IS A TEST: No, really. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Expect regularly scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite shows to be interrupted for 30 seconds.


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