VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's video report, says California lawmakers may be making the wrong assumption if they pass a state budget assuming voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposal in November.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled to make a foray into Sacramento today for not just one event, but two.
First up, Newsom is set to deliver the luncheon keynote speech at this year's California Small Business Day event, which runs all day at the Sacramento Convention Center at 14th and J.
Several dozen legislators and other elected officials are also expected to attend, with other listed speakers including Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Click here for more information.
Newsom also has a fundraiser at the Sterling Hotel, a few blocks away at 13th and H, to benefit his 2014 re-election campaign. Tickets run $2,500 each, and word is that his own Plumpjack and Cade wines will be flowing. That event starts at 5:30 p.m.
The California Women's Leadership Association is also holding a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m., and this one may require some liquid courage -- it's karaoke night. Tickets cost $250, with sponsorships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Look for it at Chop's on 11th and L.
Friday at midnight, as Alert readers know, is the Legislature's deadline for passing a state budget. The Senate meets at noon today, and the Assembly convenes at 1 p.m. Kevin Yamamura takes a look in today's Bee at what's in store for the week.
Meanwhile, public support for Gov. Jerry Brown's tax ballot proposal has slipped, according to the latest Field Poll. Even so, as David Siders reported in Saturday's Bee, his plan is doing better than the competing measure proposed by wealthy civil rights lawyer Molly Munger and the California State PTA.
TECH: Members of the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group TechAmerica meet at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento for their 26th annual legislative day in California's capital.