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US_NEWS_CALIF-EARTHQUAKE-WARNING_LA.JPGVIDEO: Another canceled contract reminds Dan Walters of California's chronic issues with government-managed technology projects.

We're hearing rumbles about a Senate talk today. Risk-reduction experts from the U.S. Geological Survey -- including Dr. Lucy Jones, pictured at right -- will be talking about the potential of an early earthquake warning system.

The floor presentation comes as Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, has introduced Senate Bill 135 to create a statewide early warning network.

Lone Star beer or pinot noir? Spurs or surfboards? As Gov. Rick Perry seeks to lure businesses from California to Texas, come back to Capitol Alert at noon today for a live debate about the relative merits of the two states, their job climates and their governors.

Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters and reporter David Siders will discuss and take questions from readers. Capitol Bureau Chief Dan Smith will moderate. They'll be joined by Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy.

A couple of new appointments bear watching: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced that the Rules Committee has appointed his predecessor and current California Democratic Party chair John Burton to a private-sector member's role on the Senate Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government. The Rules Committee has also appointed former Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino to the California Film Commission.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is convening a meeting of the Banking and Finance Committee that will focus on how the California Finance Lenders Law affects consumer lending. That starts at 2 p.m. in room 444.

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus are hosting a delegation from the Kliptown Youth Program of Soweto, Johannesburg, and the visitors will be performing a traditional gumboot dance during the Assembly floor session at noon today.

For all you cinephiles out there, an event today will examine film-making's capacity for reducing recidivism. Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, and the California Latino Capitol Association Foundation are hosting a talk and a screening of a film created by incarcerated youth via the organization FYI Films at 3:30 p.m. in the Governor's Council Room.

Happy birthday to Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, who turns 53 today.

And a happy birthday to Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, who is 69 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dr. Lucy Jones, senior adviser for risk reduction for the U.S. Geological Survey, explains how earthquakes create P-waves and S-waves during a press conference at Caltech in Pasadena on Jan. 28, 2013. (Anne Cusack/ Los Angeles Times/ MCT)



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