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The day starts on a somber note for Gov. Jerry Brown, who will be in Vacaville for the 10 a.m. funeral of CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom. Later in the afternoon, Brown will join Attorney General Kamala Harris at a ceremony in the Capitol to present three public safety officers with the Medal of Valor.

The state's new "top two" primary system and its re-drawn political districts are the subject of a lunchtime talk by Eric McGhee of the Public Policy Institute of California. He'll discuss how these reforms played out in June's primary in terms of competition, money, and crossover voting. It's at noon at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street.

Also over the lunch hour, Brown's executive secretary Nancy McFadden will address a Capitol women's group called She Shares - a conversation series featuring female leaders. Prior speakers in the series included California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Attorney General Kamala Harris. The next talk, in December, features California's second lady, documentary filmmaker and social activist Jennifer Siebel Newsom. McFadden's talk today is at noon at Lucca Restaurant, 1615 J Street.

Capitol journalists will gather tonight at the Convention Center for the California Journalism Awards, put on by Sacramento State's Center for California Studies. See the list of winners here.



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