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20120925_zaf_m67_029.jpg.jpgYou might associate automated cars with futuristic movies starring a certain former California governor, but they're closer to becoming a reality. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to regulate the fledgling industry in September, and today the California Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking public input.

The DMV workshop will be the first of its kind, an opportunity for participants to weigh in and offer comments on what forthcoming regulations on driverless cars should contain. Starting at 10 a.m. in the Department of General Services auditorium, located at 707 Third Street in West Sacramento.

VIDEO: Lawmakers should spend a little less time brainstorming Tax Day perks for their constituents and a little more time on state business, Dan Walters says.

LGBT BULLYING: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is hosting a 5 p.m. "Breaking the Silence" rally on the Capitol's west steps to cap off a National Day of Silence, in which participants take a vow of silence to underscore the bullying and harassment of LGBT youth. The Assembly passed a resolution yesterday endorsing the event's goals and asking school districts to "enforce laws and policies that prohibit name calling, bullying, harassment, and discrimination."

SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: The Los Angeles Business Council is hosting a conference on clean energy programs. Speakers will include Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles; Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley; billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer; state Sens. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills; and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. At the Getty Center, starting at 7:30 a.m.

REPUBLIC RESTORATION: There's no shortage of notable names on the roster for the Conference to Restore the Republic at San Francisco State University this weekend. The daylong seminar discusses corruption in American politics. It's expected to feature California Fair Political Practices Commission chair Ann Ravel, Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley, former Federal Elections Commission chair Trevor Potter, activist-professor Lawrence Lessig, former White House ethics lawyer Richard W. Painter, MapLight founder Daniel Newman, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, Adam Lioz of Demos, presidential candidate and former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer and Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler. Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

JOB MOVE: William A. Burke announced his resignation from the California Coastal Commission yesterday in a letter to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

PHOTO CREDIT: A driverless car is displayed at Google headquarters on Sept. 25, 2012. Julie Rogers / San Jose Mercury News



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