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ha_dave_cox_memorial_2010.JPGCalifornia lawmakers are honoring former state senator Dave Cox today with a ceremony christening the Highway 50 interchange at Hazel Avenue as the Sen. Dave Cox Memorial Interchange.

Husband-and-wife legislator team Sen. Ted Gaines and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, both Rocklin Republicans, will be joined by Cox family members as well as Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and others in commemorating the longtime legislator at 10:30 a.m.

Cox was first elected to the Senate in 2004 after serving for six years in the Assembly. He died in 2010 at age 72. The interchange isn't far from where he'd lived.

FISCAL BILL DEADLINE: Today is the last day for policy committees to hear and report fiscal bills to fiscal committees -- so, because there are no committee meetings on the file today, the deadline has for all intents and purposes passed. Here at Capitol Alert, we know a thing or two about keeping up with deadlines.

VIDEO: Dan Walters is perplexed by the fact that California's relatively high gasoline taxes don't translate into less traffic and better roads.

PTA CONVENTION: This promises to be a very educational weekend. For one thing, thousands of parents and educators are converging on San Jose for the 114th annual California State PTA convention. They'll be discussing everything from bullying to the Common Core standards California is in the process of adopting. They'll also be hearing from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who in addition to being a Hall of Fame basketball player and a surprisingly good comedy actor is also apparently California's science, technology, engineering and math afterschool ambassador.

MORE EDUCATION: Meanwhile, Assembly Education Committee Chair Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, will be splitting her time between two different education events. The first is an education policy update for constituents with Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park. That's at the Palo Alto Unified School District board room on Saturday at 10 a.m.

There's also a big public education conference on Saturday at the San Jose Convention Center, where Buchanan will be among a bevy of education wonks and public officials. Also expected to attend are Linda Darling-Hammond, an eminent education expert and chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; Michael W. Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education; Martha J. Kanter, under secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education; Tim Melton, vice president of legislative affairs for StudentsFirst; and superintendents from Vallejo City and San Francisco.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, who turns 54 on Saturday.

PHOTO CREDIT: A portrait of Senator Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, is displayed Aug. 5, 2010, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento during the late senator's memorial. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee file, 2010

Editor's note: An earlier version of this post mistakenly said Assemblyman Richard Bloom would be attending an education event -- Assemblyman Rich Gordon will be at the event in Palo Alto.



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