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Brown.jpgVIDEO: The governor's proposed school funding formula will pick winners and losers in how it distributes money, and Dan Walters predicts that will fuel a battle in the Legislature.

FIELD POLL: Attitudes about immigrants are changing fast among Californians, but only toward those already in the state, Jim Sanders reports in today's Bee. Click here to read the statistical tabulations compiled exclusively for Capitol Alert. The poll is at this link.

Gov. Jerry Brown left the state Thursday to make his way east to the National Governors Association's winter meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C. Capitol Alert's David Siders will be checking in with updates from the nation's capital, so stay tuned.

Anyone want to take bets on what happens when Brown crosses paths with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas? Health care and the Affordable Care Act will also be factors as governors weigh whether to set up health insurance exchanges and expand Medicaid -- Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida just made news by caving on the latter.

First lady Michelle Obama isn't the only public figure encouraging kids to eat well and exercise: California schools chief Tom Torlakson will be in Salinas today talking about the Team California for Healthy Kids program. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Fremont Elementary School in Salinas.

Yesterday, Torlakson stopped by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators conference at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. Today, the conference's final day, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., will speak on a panel that starts at 9:15 a.m.

The words "Panama Canal" may conjure images of malaria and early 20th century seafaring, but a project to expand the famous canal's capacity is nearing completion. Sen. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, is holding a meeting to talk about what that means for commerce, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall. Price, of course, is running for City Council. The municipal primary is March 5.

We've already noted the push by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, to put Proposition 39 money towards grants for schools to improve energy efficiency. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, is also behind the cause -- her A.B. 39 parallels de León's S.B. 39 -- and she'll be hosting a workshop in Oakland today from noon to 2 p.m. in the Elihu M. Harris State Building.

PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown, shown here in a Jan.10, 2013 file photo, will be meeting with fellow governors in Washington, D.C. Rich Pedroncelli/ AP Photo.


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