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manufacturing.JPGRepresentatives from dozens of universities, economic development firms and manufacturing associations are descending on Sacramento today for a summit on revitalizing manufacturing that's being hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown's Office for Business and Economic Development.

Mike Rossi, Brown's senior jobs adviser, will kick off the all-day event in the Governor's Press Room. Brown's office has cast it as a response to President Barack Obama's call to spur more domestic manufacturing.

A few hundred miles south, California lawmakers will be taking on another of Obama's priority issues this term as Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, and state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, discuss immigration reform at an event hosted by the organization LA Voice. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall.

VIDEO: There's a lot of excitement swirling around the U.S. Supreme Court taking on gay marriage, but Dan Walters says the issue will still be far from settled when the justices rule.

Speaking of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court isn't done yet. Yesterday the justices heard the Proposition 8 case. Today they hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the Clinton-era law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The case was brought by a New York woman named Edith Windsor who faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal estate taxes after her wife died -- taxes Windsor would not have had to pay if the feds had honored her marriage.

Dan Richard, chair of California High Speed Rail Authority, will be at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco touting high-speed rail's potential to change life in the Central Valley. Richard's talk starts at 6 p.m.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Young Democrats are honoring Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, with their Advocate of the Year award tonight, noting his online voter registration law, Senate Bill 397, which contributed to high youth turnout in the 2012 election. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Cantina, 580 Sutter St.

Happy birthday to Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, who turns 39 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: A worker applies powder coating to steel parts at the Form & Fusion Manufacturing Inc. facility in Rancho Cordova on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee.



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