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California legislators are keeping themselves busy -- just not under the dome.

Sacramento area lawmakers, for instance, are keeping their names out there with events ranging from a news conference to a community coffee.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is teaming up with former Sacramento Monarchs basketball star Ruthie Bolton and child abuse prevention advocates to announce legislation ripped from the recent headlines out of Penn State.

Dickinson's proposal would require organizations employing athletic coaches, administrators and directors to train them how to identify child abuse and neglect, and would require those personnel to report instances of child sexual abuse and neglect. The news conference starts at 10 a.m. at Sacramento City College's North Gym.

Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines of Roseville is holding a community coffee in Lincoln starting at 9 a.m. at Kim's Country Kitchen, 537 G. St.

GOP Assemblyman Dan Logue of Penn Valley and Sen. Ted Gaines of Roseville, meanwhile, head to Yreka in Siskiyou County to talk business and jobs with small business owners and others at the Community Theater, 812 N. Oregon St., starting at 10 a.m.

Back in Sacramento, Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres, is hosting a Monday night football fundraiser at The River House, 1421 Garden Highway, for his 2012 bid for the 5th Senate District seat.

And if you see show cars along L Street, Ford Motor Co. is running a private event starting at 11 a.m. at Spataro, 1415 L St., to showcase fuel-efficient and electric vehicles. Word has it that if lawmakers attend, they'll have to report it as a gift.

HOLIDAY MUSIC: The music lineup in the Capitol rotunda continues today with the Roseville Sun City Singers from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' group Corps-A-Liers and the Emerson Junior High School Choir.


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