Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget and his proposal to overhaul K-12 funding dominated the conversation in Sacramento. Today, higher education gets its turn, with the University of California Board of Regents convening at the Sacramento Convention Center for a two-day meeting. UC President Mark G. Yudof and Regents Chair Sherry Lansing will deliver opening remarks.
In January, the ascendance of online education was the big story, especially given Brown's rare appearance at a Regents meeting to push for more online instruction. Today's meeting occurs against the backdrop of a potential strike by workers at UC medical centers, which the university hopes to block via the courts.
VIDEO: It's getting closer to budget time in Sacramento, which reminds Dan Walters of one of the most insidious trends in state politics.
STUDENTS DO THE GRADING: While the UC leadership discusses its agenda, UC students will publicly grade their elected representatives. The UC Student Association has scheduled a 12:30 p.m. press conference at the convention center to release a series of report cards gauging legislators' support for higher education.
LATINO LEADERSHIP: The Latino Community Foundation will hold a conference at the Sheraton Grand today, where the group will be welcomed by Aída Álvarez, former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the first Latina woman to hold a cabinet-level position, and Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. An evening reception at the Mayahuel Tequila Museo, beginning at 4:30 p.m., is expected to feature speeches from Senators Mark Leno, Alex Padilla and Ben Hueso, along with Assembly members Shirley Weber, Mariko Yamada and Tom Ammiano.
SPECIAL DISTRICTS: The California Special Districts Association is in town for a two-day legislative conference. Today, attendees will hear keynote addresses from Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, followed by roundtables hosted by organizations ranging from the California Public Employees' Retirement System to the California Association of Public Cemeteries.
OBAMACARE OVERTURE: Health care workers and advocates are mobilizing for a "Health Care Access 4 All" event today, where they will urge lawmakers to ensure the federal health care law goes into full effect. Speaking at the rally will be Senate Health Committee chair Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and Assembly Health Committee chair Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, doctors both. 11 a.m. on the east lawn.
OFF-RESERVATION GAMBLING: The Senate Committee on Governmental Organization is holding a hearing on a pair of compacts between California and two Native American tribes, the Wiyot and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono. The basic upshot is that the agreements, which the Assembly ratified a couple of weeks ago, would permit the North Fork tribe to build a casino far from its existing land. 1:30 p.m. in room 4203.
TOO FEW DROPS TO DRINK: Why has California been sitting on nearly half a billion dollars earmarked for improving water delivery systems? That's the topic of a Senate Environmental Quality Committee hearing today, starting at 9:30 a.m. in room 3191.
SEA LEVELS KEEP ON RISIN': The Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy will hold a hearing today on, well, exactly what you just read. Expected to testify are Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Cat Kuhlman of the California Ocean Protection Council. Starting at 9:30 a.m. in room 444.
BUDGET BACKLASH: Gov. Jerry Brown was pretty blunt yesterday about the prospects for boosting social service funding ("Anyone who thinks there's spare change around has not read the budget"), but today advocates from the Women's Foundation of California will rally for Brown to restore funding. They'll be on the north steps from 11:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
PHOTO CREDIT: University of California President Mark G. Yudof addresses an assembly of high-achieving students. October 1, 2010 by Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee.