VIDEO: Dan Walters says in today's report that the rumored death of California's Brown Act, which covers local agencies and open meetings, has been greatly exaggerated.
With pension reform appearing to be off the table for now, the Legislature has one more high-profile item on its agenda this week: whether to authorize the funding necessary to start constructing the state's controversial high-speed rail project.
The latest Field Poll may give pause to even its staunchest proponents.
David Siders reports in today's Bee that support for Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative drops significantly if lawmakers vote to fund construction.
Even so, Brown's initiative is polling better than the other two tax proposals on the November ballot: attorney Molly Munger's, which would raise personal income taxes on most Californians, and hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer's, which would increase taxes on multistate businesses operating in the state.
Just two days remain before the Legislature is expected to adjourn by Friday for its summer recess. Floor sessions are scheduled in both houses today at 1 p.m.
A joint committee also holds an oversight hearing on the city of Vernon's prospects for financial stability. Look for it starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 444.
PRESSER: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is joining Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the City of Angels this morning to talk about what's in store for California under the transportation bill Congress recently passed -- a political achievement for Boxer, as Michael Doyle notes in this Capitol Alert post. Boxer is also expected to opine about the Supreme Court's decision last week on the federal health care law. The event starts at 10:15 a.m. at the I-405 North on-ramp at Skirball Center Drive.