DAN WALTERS DAILY: Dan's video report lays out California's recent history on workers compensation as well as a likely scenario for an upcoming war in the Legislature.
Today's sartorial choice under the dome may well be a hoodie.
Both the Assembly and the Senate have floor sessions set for 9 a.m., and members of the Black, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander caucuses are holding a news conference afterward to urge justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month. They'll be donning hoodies in solidarity with Martin's family members, who have called him a victim of racial profiling.
Word is that Sen. Roderick Wright, a Southern California Democrat, plans on adjourning the upper house in memory of the teen and has encouraged members to wear hoodies as the chamber is adjourned. The presser starts at 10 a.m. in the Governor's Press Room, Room 1190.
With Cesar Chavez Day being celebrated Friday, the Legislature starts its spring recess after the Assembly and the Senate adjourn. Both houses will reconvene April 9.
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is visiting Northern California, with a stop in Fairfield this afternoon for a public rally at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. followed by a reception there. The campaign is soliciting contributions of $5,000 per host couple, $2,500 for a patron and $1,000 for a sponsor, according to an announcement for the event. You can see a flier for the rally at this link.
Santorum has a second fundraiser on his calendar tonight as well at the Alamo home of Ubokia CEO Mark Pine and his wife, Becky, where the tickets aren't quite so steep. You can find that flier here. (H/t to the Bay Area News Group's Josh Richman, who reported this last week.)
Two ballot titles come up for hearings today in Sacramento Superior Court: Democratic congressional candidate Jose Hernandez's use of the word "astronaut" and GOP Assemblywoman Beth Gaines' use of the term "small business owner." Today's the day that the Secretary of State's Office issues a certified list of candidates, so the judges won't be dawdling over their decisions.
TREE PLANTING: State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary Anna Caballero is joining Japan's Consul General Hiroshi Inomata at 10 a.m. to recognize the centennial anniversary of that nation's donation of cherry blossom trees to the United States. Japan has donated three trees that will be planted in Capitol Park by the Vietnam Memorial.
NATIONAL GUARD: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Major General David S. Baldwin, who is adjutant general for the California National Guard, are announcing the Assembly's $500,000 contribution to help establish a pilot program, "Work for Warriors," intended to reduce unemployment and underemployment among the state's Guard members. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 317.
TOWN HALL: Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is hosting a town hall from 7 to 9 p.m. at the California High School Theater in San Ramon on the controversial health care overhaul. Listed speakers include Herb Schultz, a regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Diana Dooley, secretary of California's Health and Human Services Agency; and Brent Barnhart, director of the state Department of Managed Health Care.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, celebrates his 43rd birthday today.