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Legislative Democrats are back in Sacramento today after the California Democratic Party confab in San Diego.

The Assembly meets at 1 p.m., and the Senate at 2 p.m. Expect the next floor sessions this week on Friday. Next Monday is Presidents Day, and that schedule ensures per diem checks keep coming.

It also ensures that legislators get a break before the California Republican Party convention, which runs Feb. 24-26 at the Hyatt San Francisco Airport hotel. Capitol Alert, of course, will be there. If you missed our coverage of the Dems over the weekend, catch up at this link.

In non-convention news, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will present a Senate resolution this afternoon to Team Will cyclists, who raise funds for childhood cancer research. The group is named for a Sacramento toddler, Will Keifer, who died of a rare cancer. The event starts at 12:45 p.m. on the Capitol's west steps, after which the team will ride to UC Davis Children's Hospital to give valentines to the patients there. Read more about Team Will at the nonprofit's website.

The Legislative Black Caucus, meanwhile, is hosting a reception this evening with Olympic athlete John Carlos, who raised a black power salute from the medal podium in 1968 along with a fellow U.S. medalist. Carlos will be signing his book, "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World," from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the California Museum, 10th and O streets. Click here to see a flyer about the event. Read more about the book itself at this link.


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