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VIDEO: Dan Walters says that California's shifting demographics are gradually empowering Latinos, something that lawmakers will need to accommodate.

The Public Policy Institute of California is holding a talk on California's fiscal future today, featuring Mark Baldassare and David Lesher of PPIC; Craig Cornett, budget director and chief fiscal adviser for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg; Deborah Gonzalez, policy and fiscal director for Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway; H.D. Palmer, deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Finance; and Juliet Williams of the Associated Press. 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th Street.

In honor of National Freedom Day, which commemorates President Abraham Lincoln signing what would become the 13th amendment, a replica of the bus in which Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat for a white passenger will be displayed in front of the state Capitol, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. February 4, this coming Monday, would be Parks' 100th birthday.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the next generation of potential California politicos, Junior State of America's Northern California chapter is holding its winter Congress this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the halls of the State Capitol building will be humming with hundreds of students and teachers debating model legislation and working on a new constitution for their organization.

There's a new report from the California Voter Foundation that takes a look at the state's attempts to modernize its voting equipment.

For all you Taekwondo fans out there, Olympic medalist Terrence Jennings will be putting in appearance at the Sacramento Invitational Taekwondo Championship on Saturday. This will be the latest iteration of champions and/or their hardware coming to Sacramento -- in January, we were graced by the San Francisco Giants' World Series trophy and the Stanley Cup, which arrived with a personalized jersey for Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.


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