The California Supreme Court, as promised, has fast-tracked a decision on what state Senate maps will be used in this year's elections if voters get to vote on the districts that the citizens commission drew last year.
The high court is also considering the issues of what standard to apply in determining whether a referendum is "likely to qualify" and whether it has the authority to step in "even if it cannot yet be determined whether such a referendum is 'likely to qualify' for placement on the ballot."
The court is expected to post its decision at 10 a.m. Come back to Capitol Alert later this morning for details as well as reactions to the ruling.
The Bee's Jim Sanders reported in this post earlier this month about the hearing on the case that the justices focused on technical issues, including whether they could rule only if the referendum is "likely to qualify" for the November ballot.
The odd-numbered Senate seats come up for election this year, with candidates starting to file on Feb. 13.
NEW GIG: Fiona Hutton & Associates has hired Jennifer Wonnacott, most recently of Assemblywoman Betsy Butler's district office, as a senior account executive in Los Angeles.
POLL: Sonja Petek of the Public Policy Institute of California will talk about the January statewide survey of what Californians think of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal and other matters. The luncheon runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th St., in Sacramento. Click here to read more about the event. Find the survey itself at this link.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, celebrates his 51st birthday on Sunday.