VIDEO: Dan Walters offers an assessment of the the public pensions overhaul that the California Legislature is considering this week. Find his latest report at Capitol Alert.
It's T minus 42 hours -- we're counting from 6 a.m. today until the clock strikes midnight late Friday night -- before the current legislative session goes poof.
If Capitol denizens don't already have a pool for how many gut-and-amend bills will emerge between now and then, somebody should start one.
David Siders wrote a post yesterday about one of those "transmogrified" measures -- Senate Bill 1466, which got amended Monday to help Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa fulfill a promise to employ 10,000 officers in the city's police department.
Meanwhile, the fallout from the scandal in the Parks and Recreation Department continues with a measure aimed at avoiding such debacles now on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 1487, by Assemblyman Bill Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills, would strengthen accounting practices at state agencies and require the state controller to submit a new annual report to the governor.
If you missed Joyce Terhaar's column Sunday on how Matt Weiser broke the story, here's the link.
Our colleague Jon Ortiz over at The State Worker blog has been posting a number of interviews and reports released by the California Natural Resources Agency about the covert leave buyback program.
He'll be posting three more throughout the day today: interviews of the department's accounting chief, a Caltrans budget manager and a Fish and Game official. Find those interviews, as well as previous posts, at The State Worker blog.
As for the push to change the state's workers' compensation system, columnist Dan Morain tweeted Wednesday evening: "Jerry Brown, walking into the Capitol, says he's working on workers' comp overhaul. Says 'deal' remains in play. 'People are still talking.' "
EDUCATION: State schools chief Tom Torlakson joins Public Policy Institute of California President Mark Baldassare and two school superintendents -- Michael Hanson of the Fresno Unified School District and Sheila Jordan of the Alameda County Office of Education -- to talk about the state of K-12 education. The deadline for registering for the San Francisco luncheon has passed, but you can learn more at this link.