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20130129_HA_STEINBERG_DE_LEON_GUNS.JPGVIDEO: Dan Walters says it's easy to overlook the extraordinary diversity of Asian Americans, California's fastest growing ethnic bloc.

The concerted push for new gun control laws gets another shove at a press conference this morning, where Democrats led by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will be heralding the latest set of proposals. The event starts at 10 a.m. in room 1190 of the State Capitol.

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be there, along with Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and Emeryville Police Chief Ken James. So will senators Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, Marty Block, D-San Diego, Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, and Leland Yee, D-San Francisco.

Much of the momentum behind new gun laws has come from Democrats, but we would be remiss if we didn't mention some of the proposals Republicans have floated. They have included a bill from Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, that would anonymously arm teachers, and a proposal from Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, that would protect the personal information of gun owners.

We missed this at the time, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced earlier this week that the Federal Bureau of Prisons would take a look at solitary confinement in federal prisons. That should have some resonance in California, where prisons employ solitary confinement to deter and punish gang violence.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's new book, "Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government," comes out today.

PHOTO CREDIT: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Senator Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, look at an assault rifle being demonstrated during a legislative hearing on gun laws on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Capitol in Sacramento. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee


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