DAN WALTERS DAILY: Dan's latest video report dissects the California Judicial Council's decision to yank the rug out from under the courts' controversial computer management system.
Gov. Jerry Brown's calendar today includes a California National Guard ceremony at which Col. Sylvia R. Crockett will be promoted to general.
It's a milestone for the Golden State: She's the first Latina to attain that rank in the California National Guard, according to the governor's office.
Crockett, who's now assistant division commander for the 40th Infantry Division as well as director of strategic communications for the California Military Department, started her career with the California National Guard in 1982. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. in the the governor's Capitol office.
Brown is also scheduled to speak with police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and others at the 20th annual legislative day of the Alliance of California Law Enforcement. That talk starts at 1 p.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Meanwhile, there's no shortage of committee meetings under the dome, with a joint Senate-Assembly hearing considering the impact of a 2004 law on workers compensation disability benefits for permanently injured workers. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is among the listed speakers at the hearing, which starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 2040.
The Senate Education Committee is looking at new requirements for schools with high suspension rates, among other measures, starting at 9 a.m. in Room 4203. The Senate Rules Committee considers governor's appointees with Claudia Cappio, executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency, and Ronald Chapman, Kathleen Billingsley and Daniel Kim of the Department of Public Health required to appear. That hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in Room 113.
The terms "mentally retarded" and "mental retardation" would be dropped from state documents and laws under Senate Bill 1381, which comes up before the Senate Health Committee, whose meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4203. The Assembly Public Employees Committee, meanwhile, looks at the "Public Employees Bill of Rights" -- as Jon Ortiz reports on sister blog The State Worker.
For more information on those hearings and a host of others, click here for the Senate's daily file, and click here for the Assembly's.
Elsewhere in Sacramento, public pensions come up for debate at the Sacramento Press Club's luncheon, where Marcia Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, and Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, go head to head on the issue.
Teachers' pensions are the focus tonight at a free seminar hosted by the Press Club at The Bee's main office. Listed speakers include Fritz, as well as Ed Derman of the California State Teachers' Retirement System, Jason Sisney of the Legislative Analyst's Office and Jennifer Baker of the California Teachers Association. That event starts at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor, 2100 Q St., Sacramento. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELECTION 2010: The group California Common Sense is releasing a report this morning that details donations to California races in 2010. Expect big numbers.
LEGISLATORS' VOTING RECORDS: How often has a California legislator broken party ranks, abstained or switched sides? The Sacramento Bee has a database of the voting records of every member of the state Senate and Assembly. Enter a lawmaker's last and first names to see how he or she voted, or enter a bill number to see how every legislator voted on it. Check it out at this link.