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Gov. Jerry Brown is once again attending the University of California Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco, at the Mission Bay Conference Center.

The regents are scheduled to discuss Brown's budget, which has earned praise from university officials for giving them enough money to stave off another tuition hike.

Already this week, Brown has touted the prospect of using online instruction to lower education costs and bring in more potential students and has gotten the regents' support.

The Judicial Council, the policy-setting arm of California's Administrative Office of the Courts, will also be talking about the proposed budget at its meeting at the Ronald M. George State Office Complex in San Francisco. The meeting runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye giving her report early in the meeting, followed by a staff report on the governor's proposal. Listen via audio stream on the California court system's website. Find the agenda at this link.

A costly California project is on today's agenda -- officials from the California High-Speed Rail Authority will be in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of high speed rail. Authority Chair Dan Richard and CEO Jeff Morales will be joined by Joe Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak, and U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari.

Back on the West Coast, the board of Covered California, the entity responsible for overseeing the new California health insurance exchange mandated under the Affordable Care Act, is meeting in Los Angeles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will be speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility to train workers in green technology, a project co-sponsored by the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 104, Sheet Metal Air Conditioning National Association, and Bay Area Industry Training Fund. The ceremony is at 2 p.m. in Fairfield.

The Leadership California Institute is hosting a screening of the PBS documentary "Race 2012," an examination of the presidential election's perceptions of race in America. The screening, to be held at Sacramento's Crest Theatre, will start at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion with Paul Mitchell, the vice president of Political Data Inc; Debra Dickerson, an editor at U.S. News & World Report; campaign strategist Bill Wong; and journalist Pilar Marrero. Mike Madrid, a political consultant with GrassrootsLab, will moderate.

The University of California Center Sacramento is holding a talk on how foreclosures affected the election, hosted by Martin Johnson, chairman of the political science department at UC Riverside. The talk is from noon to 1:30 p.m., at 1130 K St., Room LL3.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is holding an open house at his district office, 915 L St., Suite 110, from 5 to 7 p.m.


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