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truck.jpgThe California Trucking Association is driving business for several lawmakers today, with industry representatives rolling into the Sheraton Grand Hotel for a legislative training and policy planning session this morning as part of California Trucking Day.

The morning session will include appearances by Assembly members Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto; Rob Bonta, D-Alameda; Chris Holden, D-Pasadena; Brian Dahle, R-Bieber; and Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno; as well as Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.

VIDEO: Dan Walters talks about how a legislative effort to facilitate firing negligent teachers got its teeth pulled.

President Barack Obama is on a West Coast fundraising swing. Today, he's scheduled to be in San Francisco for a pair of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraisers.

The first is a $5,000-a-person event at the home of Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer, a key backer of the successful campaign for Proposition 39. The second will be hosted by billionaire philanthropist Gordon Getty, with a $32,500 a person price tag.

Charities: An unusual special interest fight is unfolding in Sacramento, with Goodwill Industries and other charities sparring over the right to put out clothing collection bins. Senate Bill 450, a bill sponsored by Goodwill and authored by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, would give cities and local governments more power to regulate donation bins. Critics say the legislation would tilt the playing field towards Goodwill, a complaint they'll voice at an 8:30 a.m. press conference on the south lawn. SB 450 goes before the Governance and Finance Committee, whose meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in room 112.

Keeping the Kings: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is in New York today trying to ensure that his hometown basketball team doesn't forsake Sacramento for Seattle. Steinberg will be joining others appearing before a National Basketball Association committee.

Secret-funds fallout: This morning will also witness the Legislature's latest attempt to rectify a situation in which state agencies like the California Department of Parks and Recreation and CalFire kept money in secret accounts. Assemblywoman Beth Gaines' Senate Bill 661 would require state agencies to prepare and make public internal financial reports signed, under threat of perjury, by the heads of each agency. The bill goes before the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee during its 9 a.m. meeting.

PHOTO CREDIT: A truck joins the morning commute on the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on Dec. 1, 2009. By David McNew for Getty Images.


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