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VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's video report, says police unions and law enforcement groups don't always get what they want in Sacramento.

Expect busloads of students and other young people from Southern California and the Bay Area to arrive at the Capitol today.

Organizations including the California Fund for Youth Organizing, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice and others are rallying on the west steps to support Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez's resolution to establish a statewide Student and Youth Bill of Rights to improve education and other issues.

Pérez is to make opening remarks, followed by other speakers as well as performances by young musicians and artists. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Inside the building, the Senate Rules Committee takes up Gov. Jerry Brown's appointments starting at 1:30 p.m. in Room 113, with the following required to appear: Caroll Mortensen, director of the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery; Robert T. O'Neill, director of the California State Lottery; Lottery Commission members Nathaniel Kirtman III, John Smolin and Phillip Tagami; and state Gambling Control Commission member Richard Schuetz.

Other committees meet in both houses. Click here for the Senate committee schedule, and click here for the Assembly's.

Elsewhere in Sacramento, the Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus is hosting its first annual film festival tonight at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., in Sacramento, showing two documentaries: "Vincent Who?" and "The Manzanar Fishing Club."

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information and showtimes.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Republican Assemblywoman Diane Harkey turns 61 today.


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