VIDEO: Dan Walters says in today's video report that It "looks like the shootout at the OK Corral" between Gov. Jerry Brown and attorney Molly Munger on their rival tax proposals.
Today's the first day of the 15th annual Speaker's Cup, a two-day golf outing in Pebble Beach to raise money for the California Democratic Party.
Tickets start at $25,000 and top out at $65,000. The higher amount will get you in the door for both days, and includes golf for four, hotel accommodation, dinner for eight people, plus a spa treatment per day for each non-golfer or guest of a golfer. Those prices are even steeper than for the Pro Tem Cup held in March.
The Speaker's Cup is being presented by AT&T, which has sponsored the event for more than a decade. Last year, it spent more than $225,000, and the swag included a new iPad delivered with a thank-you note signed by Democratic Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and AT&T's chief of government relations, according to this Los Angeles Times report.
Meanwhile, the University of California, in the wake of the UC Davis pepper-spraying and other campus protests, is releasing a report on police protocols and policies. UC General Counsel Charles Robinson and UC Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley will present their report's findings and recommendations at an 11 a.m. presser at the UC Office of the President in Oakland. The report itself will be posted online at 9 a.m. at this link.
Back in Sacramento, the Legislature isn't in session, but UC Merced students will be occupying the Senate floor. Political science professor Nathan W. Monroe is teaching a course in which students recreate the legislative scene, complete with lawmakers, journalists and lobbyists. Their mock session starts around noon.
Younger students are the focus of the Public Policy Institute of California's luncheon briefing, on preschool and school readiness. The PPIC's Jill Cannon will talk about early education and skill development, particularly among youngsters who don't speak English at home. The event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Center, at 1020 11th St. in Sacramento. You can find more information and RSVP to the event at this link.
POT PROTEST: Advocates of repealing laws prohibiting adults' use of marijuana, are protesting at 12:30 p.m. on the Capitol's south steps, then marching to the federal courthouse on I Street. They'll be back on the south steps Saturday at 11 a.m. for this year's Global Cannabis March, featuring drum circles, speeches and bands.
SURPLUS AUCTION: The Department of General Services is auctioning off surplus stuff taken from state offices or confiscated by the California Highway Patrol and the federal Transportation Security Administration. This means desks and computers, cellphones and cameras, plus plenty of saws, box cutters and Swiss army knives. There's even a CD box set of Beatles music. The auction preview runs today from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 9:45 a.m. The auction itself starts Saturday at 10 a.m. Everything happens at the state warehouse at 1700 National Drive. Click here for a list of items.
ELECTION 2012: Republican Elizabeth Emken, who's running against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, is talking about her views on water policy at 12:30 p.m. to agriculture officials participating in an annual event at Duarte Nursery in Hughson, near Modesto
NEW GIG: After working for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former first lady Maria Shriver and now Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Francisco Castillo is leaving Newsom's press shop and the California state Capitol to take a job as deputy national press secretary at StudentsFirst. Castillo's last day is today.