VIDEO: Dan Walters says in today's report that the budget season is upon us.
Gov. Jerry Brown joins former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today at a big-ticket Bay Area Council event in San Jose.
The 2012 Outlook Conference will look at trends affecting business, the economy and politics. Rice is speaking at 1 p.m., while Brown is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m. sharp. Clinton's talk is set for 5 p.m. Other speakers include the CEOs of LinkedIn, DuPont, PG&E Corp., and Kaiser Permanente.
Back in Sacramento, education experts and others consider the state of California school finance.
Five years ago, Stanford University issued a report, "Getting Down to Facts," on the subject. The huge project, funded by private foundations, coordinated research from 32 institutions. Today, a group called the Policy Analysis for California Education, or PACE, holds a forum called "Getting Down to Facts: Five Years Later," to examine the subject anew.
Listed speakers include Susanna Loeb of Stanford, one of the original project coordinators, as well as former state schools chief Jack O'Connell. Other speakers include Dan Schnur of the University of Southern California, who will present the findings of a recent USC online poll on education.
The USC/PACE survey found, for instance, that 67 percent of respondents agreed that the state should increase spending on education, but only 48 percent believed that spending should be increased if it meant their own taxes would go up. The poll was conducted from April 26 to May 1 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points for questions asked of all 956 California adults who participated. Click here to read the entire poll.
The event itself starts at 1 p.m. at the Department of General Services, 1500 Capitol Ave. Click here to find a link for the agenda.
Under the dome, the Senate and the Assembly both have floor sessions scheduled for 9 a.m., after which Senate budget panels consider Brown's proposals on higher education, the Board of Equalization, the Franchise Tax Board and other matters. Click here for the Senate's daily file, and click here for the Assembly's.
PRESSER: California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro, Senate Republican leader Bob Huff and Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway highlight the start of a statewide tour to campaign against the governor's ballot tax measure and talk up GOP proposals on state spending. The event starts at noon on the Capitol's west steps.
ELECTION 2012: Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul appears at UC Davis at 7 p.m. this evening. Click here to see a flier about the event.