The notion of California being transformed from national poster state for dysfunction to leader was a recurring theme during the California Democratic Party convention, and talk of California getting back on the road to prosperity has become even more popular as we get reports of fiscal stability. A symposium today is taking a more rigorous look at such sunny claims.
The UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies is hosting the day-long event at the University of California Sacramento Center, 1130 K St. Listed speakers include Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, the Department of Finance's H.D. Palmer and a bushel of political scientists. Shameless plug: Bee political editor Amy Chance will also be moderating a morning panel on the budget. Click here for more information.
LINKED LEARNING: The concept of educational pathways tailored to specific careers is back in the spotlight during a conference on a linked learning pilot program created by legislation in 2011. Educators from some of the 63 districts participating in the program will be at the Sheraton Grand today -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who earlier this year spearheaded (and evidently really enjoyed) a Senate expedition to check out linked learning in Long Beach, will not be there, but we're told he recorded a video.
STUDENT AID: The California Student Aid Commission is meeting in Rancho Cordova, where its audit committee will be discussing Cal Grants, among other things, starting at noon at 11040 White Rock Road.
THIS LAND IS OUR LAND: The California State Lands Commission is also meeting today. In addition to sorting through lease applications, they will be considering where to stand on some federal legislation and on a few bills before the state Legislature, including single-use bag ban bills by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, and by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles. Starting at 10 a.m. at 828 I St.
BEACH BONFIRES: Controversy has been swirling around the California tradition of beach bonfires -- William A. Burke stepped down from the California Coastal Commission last week amid questions about his role in a debate over banning the shoreline blazes. Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, is drawing a charred line in the sand this Sunday with a Huntington Beach bonfire rally aimed at ensuring such bonfire rallies remain legal. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
PHOTO CREDIT: California Highway 49 sign. Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee file, 2002