VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's report, talks about a parent "revolution" in a small Southern California town.
Four November ballot measures come under scrutiny this morning as the Senate Governance and Finance Committee hear from supporters and opponents as well as representatives of the Legislative Analyst's Office on their possible effects.
Trudy Schafer of the League of Women Voters of California will be arguing in favor of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure, Proposition 30, while Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association will argue against it.
California Forward's proposal, Proposition 31, would require more public notice on legislation, two-year budgeting cycles, and identification of revenue or savings to offset a major new spending program or tax cut. Listed speakers include proponent Bill Hauck, the former chairman of the California Constitution Revision Commission, and opponent Lenny Goldberg, executive director of the California Tax Reform Association.
Speaking in favor of civil rights lawyer Molly Munger's tax measure, Proposition 38, is Carol Kocivar, president of the California State PTA, while California Medical Association CEO Dustin Corcoran will argue against it.
Proposition 39, which is hedge fund manager Tom Steyer's tax measure, gets the nod from Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, the campaign's honorary co-chairman. Dorothy Rothrock, a lobbyist for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, argues against it.
That hearing runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 112.
Meanwhile, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be working through a long list of bills, including Senate Bill 1221 by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, which would ban using dogs to hunt bears and bobcats. The agenda also includes Senate Bill 1234, by Sen. Kevin de León, which would set up a state-run pension plan for private-sector workers whose employers don't offer one. The hearing starts at 9 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 4202.
Elsewhere in the lower house, members of the Select Committee on Boys and Men of Color hear from federal official Russlynn Ali, who heads the Office for Civil Rights, about the Obama administration's efforts to promote equity and reform in education. That hearing starts at 1 p.m. in Room 4202.
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CAPITOL DRIVE: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has kicked off a second annual back-to-school drive for Sacramento students. Bring new or gently used backpacks, as well as new supplies such as pencils, rulers, notebooks, folders, lined paper and the like to the Capitol's Room 3126, Dickinson's district office at 915 L St. or these businesses in the 1000 block of L Street across from the Capitol: Café Roma, the Café Connection, and Russo Shoe Repair. The collection runs through Aug. 31. Supplies will go to Oak Ridge Elementary School in the Oak Park neighborhood.