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Fresh off his conference in San Francisco on climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown heads to Southern California to talk clean power and jobs.

Brown, who referred to global warming naysayers Thursday as "political lemmings," will have a few words to say this morning at the dedication of a new solar manufacturing plant in San Diego.

The company, Soitec, makes concentrator photovoltaic modules for large power plants, and the global firm's new North American solar headquarters and plant in San Diego will supply 450 jobs and have a capacity of 200 megawatts, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Brown is scheduled to give his remarks at 10 a.m. Click here to read more about the company. This news release from Soitec explains more about the joint venture in San Diego that will produce lens plates for the solar modules.

Meanwhile, the state's Ocean Protection Council takes Brown's climate change conference one step further at its own meeting today, discussing the latest science on how vulnerable California's coastal population, property, infrastructure and ecosystems are during storms and other extreme weather.

Click here to read the agenda for the meeting, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cal-EPA, 1001 I St. in Sacramento.

HOLIDAY MUSIC: Today's offering at the Capitol rotunda starts at 11 a.m. with the trombone jazz group No Bones about It, followed by the Vocal Art Ensemble at noon. Click here to read the full schedule through next Friday.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Birthdays are taking no holiday this month. Sen. Curren Price, D-Inglewood, turns 61 today, and Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, turns 45 on Saturday.


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