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DAN WALTERS DAILY: Dan's video report discusses state Attorney General Kamala Harris' role in putting measures on the ballot.

Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and farm animals. What could go wrong?

If you come across a cow or chicken on the Capitol grounds today, you can take a moment to note the one-year anniversary of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 42, which called on Californians to "eat local" and "buy California grown" food.

Specifically, it asks Californians to prepare meals made exclusively with Golden State ingredients one day a week. If you want to make a personal pledge, sign up here.

Brown, also the former mayor of San Francisco, will join state Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross for a press conference commemorating the resolution and the adoption of similar efforts by California cities and counties. It begins at 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol's west steps.

Organizers also promise tractors and rodeo queens.

MILANOVICH REMEMBERED: Gov. Jerry Brown will travel to Palm Springs today to speak at a memorial service for Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Chairman Richard Milanovich.

Brown called Milanovich, who wrangled with governors from Wilson to Schwarzenegger over the growth of Indian gambling in California, a "friend" in a statement marking his March 11 death. The service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

HIGHER ED PAY: A day after CSU trustees approved salary increases for new campus presidents at CSU Fullerton and CSU East Bay, Sen. Leland Yee is working to crack down on pay raises for university administrators.

The Senate Committee on Education will hear his bill, SB 967, which seeks to stop pay raises in bad budget years or within two years of a student fee increase. The hearing starts at 9 a.m. in room 4203 at the Capitol.

HEALTH CARE: Democrats this week are celebrating the second anniversary of the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act, known on the GOP primary trail as Obamacare.

Touting the measure's provisions before the U.S. Supreme Court holds a hearing on its constitutionality next week, the Obama campaign will hold a 1 p.m. press conference in which young people praise the president's efforts to give them access to health care coverage.

Among Democrats scheduled to attend are Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Sen. Alex Padilla, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and Assemblyman Isadore Hall.

That event will be held at Obama's Sacramento office, 6760 Folsom Blvd.

Sen. Ted Lieu is celebrating in Los Angeles, where he'll warn newcomers to the health insurance market about the possibility they'll be preyed upon by unscrupulous sellers. He's carrying legislation aimed at tightening consumer protections.

Representatives of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Immigrant Policy Center and Consumers Union will join him at 10:30 a.m. at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center on Wilshire Boulevard.


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