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AOC_Jeans2_007a.JPGIf you're getting the impression that things are more casual at the California Capitol today, it may be because some lawmakers are wearing jeans in honor of Denim Day, a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month intended intended to highlight that outfit choices are never an excuse for sexual assault.

A 10 a.m. rally on the west steps is expected to feature Democratic Sens. Noreen Evans of Santa Rosa, Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, Ellen Corbett of San Leandro, Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara and Kevin de León of Los Angeles, and Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens.

INDIAN CASINOS: The Governmental Organization Committee is holding an informational hearing today on where two Native American tribes should be allowed to build their casinos, an issue that has sparked debate about whether tribes should be able to operate casinos far from their land. The hearing begins after the committee wraps up its business on other bills, which it will dig into at 1:30 p.m. in room 4202.

STUDENTS FIRST: Also on our radar today is a bill by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, that deals with teacher evaluation. We brought you news earlier of how education reform crusader Michelle Rhee's Sacramento-based organization StudentsFirst has had a light legislative fingerprint thus far, but StudentsFirst advises us that it's supporting Calderon's Senate Bill 441. It comes up for a vote in the Senate Education Committee, which meets at 9 a.m. in room 4203.

SUPERINTENDENTS GET AUDIENCE: Speaking of education, Gov. Jerry Brown is meeting this morning with school superintendents from across California to discuss his plan for overhauling how school funding is doled out. The closed-door meeting is happening at the state Capitol.

IMMIGRATION REFORM: Several Catholic bishops and archbishops -- including Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez -- will be talking (in English and in Spanish) about federal immigration reform and its impact in California at a news conference at Sacramento's Citizen Hotel. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. in the hotel's Library Room at 10th and J streets.

DOMESTIC WORKERS: It's been a big week for rallies related to bills carried by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. Homeless Californians gathered Monday to support his so-called homeless "bill of rights," and today domestic workers rally at 10:30 a.m. on the east steps in support of his Assembly Bill 241, which would set labor standards for domestic workers.

EDUCATION LAWSUIT: The American Civil Liberties Union of California and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center are announcing a lawsuit against the state for allegedly falling short in instructing English language learners at public schools. The news conference starts at 10:30 a.m. at the ACLU of Southern California's Los Angeles offices.

SWINGERS: How do you get lawmakers to participate in your event? Incorporating golf can't hurt. The California Physical Therapy Association is offering free screenings to elected officials and their staff on the east lawn of the Capitol today, including a chance to gauge their grip strength and swing mechanics.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeans, the iconic denimwear. Autumn Payne / Sacramento Bee file, 2006



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