We here at Capitol Alert are happy to keep track of the various commemorative occasions that might otherwise escape your notice. For instance, it's National Charter Schools Week, and the California Charter Schools Association and its representatives will be at the state Capitol today for its 20th annual advocacy day, an event stretching back to the opening of the state's first charter school in 1993.
Assemblywomen Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, the respective chair and vice chair of the Assembly Education Committee, will be greeting parents and charter leaders during a 9 a.m. confab in a tent near the west steps. Attendees will meet lawmakers and, later on, head to a committee meeting in room 126, where legislators will consider a bill that would hold charter schools to some of the same conflict-of-interest standards as district schools.
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WATER, WATER (EXPERTS) EVERYWHERE: The Association of California Water Agencies is in the midst of its spring conference in Sacramento, a veritable sea of officials from various water districts and the Department of Water Resources swirling around the convention center. This morning, attendees will start their day with welcoming remarks from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and a keynote address from Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
PÉREZ PEREGRINATIONS Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, is the keynote speaker at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon during which seven journalism scholarships, with a $34,000 total value, will be awarded. Noon at 1201 K Street, 15th Floor.
PRESSURE ON PUC: More scrutiny for the beleaguered Public Utilities Commission today. The agency, which has faced a cascading series of criticisms, will have its financial and safety record examined before a meeting of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation today at 9 a.m. in room 447.
FREE LUNCH: There are perks to public service: the California Beer and Beverage Distributors, in town for their lobby day, are treating lawmakers and staff to free refreshments on the south steps. Make sure to bring your ID (to establish your profession, not your age).
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who turns 72 today.
PHOTO CREDIT: Student learn to tell time in Phoung Tran's kindergarten class at the Fortune Charter School in Sacramento on April 26, 2012. Paul Kitagaki Jr./ The Sacramento Bee.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Sacramento Press Club event will be at the Broiler Steakhouse.