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Today is day two of a strategy retreat for Senate Democrats at the Stanford Mansion. The Dems heard from online education entrepreneur Sal Khan yesterday, and the focus today will be on implementing the Affordable Care Act. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California -- California's ACA-mandated health insurance exchange -- will be there.

It stands to be a big issue this session. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, recently proposed a bill that would move the process along by making more than 1 million low-income Californians eligible for Medi-Cal. The federal government is picking up the entire tab for the first few years of the expansion and has committed to paying a significant share after that.

Gov. Jerry Brown is starting his day at the 11th Annual Colusa Farm Show Breakfast, where he will be mingling with agriculture professionals. Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. at Saint Bernadette's Hall in Colusa.

The Los Angeles City Council has voted 10-1 vote to put campaign finance reform on the ballot, allowing voters to weigh in on a resolution calling for the federal government to impose limits on campaign spending.

There's a talk about water conflict in the Delta at the University of California Center Sacramento. Participants in the talk -- Jason Peltier of Westlands Water District, Dale Hoffman-Floerke of the State Department of Water Resources and Gilbert Cosio of MBK Engineers -- discuss a way forward, starting at noon at 1130 K St.

The Institute for Social Research at Sacramento State has a new director. David Barker plans to expand the institute's Election Day archive and continue to work on contracts with various state agencies.


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