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MAJ_SHOPPER2.JPGDo you have Mother's Day plans yet? (Capitol Alert has already mailed a card). Well, the California Domestic Workers Coalition does: It's hosting a Mother's Day breakfast this morning to honor domestic workers and to unveil a new report on the status of nannies, caregivers and housekeepers in the state. The event is co-sponsored by the Latino Legislative Caucus and the Legislative Women's Caucus.

The coalition has also sponsored Assembly Bill 241, carried by San Francisco Democrat Tom Ammiano, that would enshrine new labor protections for home workers. But organizers say that the breakfast isn't explicitly related to or promoting that bill. Find the event in the Capitol's room 125, following session.

VIDEO: Dan Walters wonders what's stronger: health-conscious California's aversion to smoking or legislative Democrats' desire to avoid raising taxes so soon after Proposition 30.

ANNYEONG, GOV. BROWN: Gov. Jerry Brown is racking up the facetime with Asian leaders. First came his business-boosting China trip. Today he is meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a noon luncheon in Los Angeles.

REALIGNMENT RECALIBRATION: The Board of State and Community Corrections is meeting today, and one of the items on its agenda is how to train the local agencies dealing with an influx of realignment-related inmates. The special committee looking at the issue is chaired by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, although he will not be at today's meeting -- 1 p.m. at 660 Bercut Drive.

CTA COMMEMORATION: We noted Wednesday that the California Charter Schools Association was celebrating the 20th anniversary of charters in California. Well, the California Teachers Association has got that beat by a factor of seven and a half: The formidable union is celebrating its 150th anniversary this morning with a moment on the Assembly floor, wherein Alen Ritchie, president of the CTA's association for retired teachers, accepts the honor.

ENTERPRISE ZONES: The idea of enticing businesses to hire certain workers with tax credits has come in for criticism -- Brown tried unsuccessfully to do away with enterprise zones back in 2011 -- and today a Senate budget subcommittee is taking a look at the fiscal and policy implications of enterprise zones. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in room 112.

SMART GRID: Switching over to a more environmentally friendly electric grid has been a recurring issue in efforts to reduce emissions, and today it is the topic of a UC Center talk. Featuring Alexandra "Sascha" von Meier of the University of California's California Institute for Energy and Environment, at noon at 1130 K St.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is holding a ceremony on the north steps today starting at 5:30 p.m. to honor 200 improved and outstanding high school and middle school students.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, who turns 47 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: Shoppers check out Mother's Day cards at a Sacramento shop. Michael A. Jones / Sacramento Bee file, 1998



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