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LA Police Shootings.JPGVIDEO: State financing of California's court system hasn't worked out as planned, Dan Walters says.

Gov. Jerry Brown will be attending a memorial service this morning for Michael Crain, a Riverside police officer who was allegedly slain by renegade former cop Christopher Dorner. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. at Grove Community Church in Riverside.

Are elements of the top-two primary constitutional? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is hearing arguments on that question in Pasadena, starting at 9 a.m in Chamness v. Bowen. Michael Chamness challenged the new primary system, which voters OK'd back in 2010, identifying himself as a member of the "Coffee Party." He has argued that the new rules force him to state on the ballot that he has "no party preference."

University of California students are joining Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, at a presser calling for an end to caps on coverage in UC student health plans. Pan will introduce a bill to accomplish that; no word on whether he'll try to make his case with coordinated dance routines. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 317.

California's shifting demography will be the topic of a lunchtime lecture at the California State Association of Counties conference center. The talk runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. and will feature Hans Johnson of the Public Policy Institute of California.

The National Women's Political Caucus of California is holding an event for what the press release calls "progressive" female elected officials from 5 to 7 p.m. in the office of Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro.

Proposals to reshape higher education via online instruction have gotten a lot of play so far this year, and Drexel University is holding a talk this evening on potential new college models. The speaker list is revealing -- it includes someone from the online education firm Udemy and a representative from the University of Phoenix. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 1 Capitol Mall.

PHOTO CREDIT: Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, left, comforts Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz after Diaz announced funeral plans for Riverside Police officer Michael Crain who was allegedly shot to death by accused killer and fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. Photo taken during a new conference at the Los Angeles police department in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/ Chris Carlson)


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