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Some of us like to start our day off with a quiet and leisurely cup of coffee and a copy of the paper (hint, hint), but today Gov. Jerry Brown is easing into things at a breakfast with the California Chamber of Commerce. He'll be speaking at the 88th Sacramento Host Breakfast to an audience that will include Allan Zaremberg, Frederick E. "Fritz" Hitchcock and Larry Booth from CalChamber.

VIDEO: Too many lawyers walk into California. The punch line, Dan Walters says, is a lawsuit from disgruntled grads after the state built a new law school despite an overabundance of attorneys.

DISABILITIES DEMONSTRATION: Thousands of disability advocates are expected to arrive at the State Capitol today for a lobby day organized by the Disability Action Coalition. Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, will be speaking on the west steps at 11 a.m. In addition to calling for the Legislature to undo cuts to programs like in-home supportive services and Social Security disability payments, organizations under the coalition's umbrella are supporting several different bills that include some health care coverage-related legislation, a bill establishing new building standards and a bill to restore funding to a community college program for disabled students.

CTA CONFLUENCE: Chapter presidents representing branches of the California Teachers Association will be in town today to press lawmakers on topics like the incoming Common Core standards and the school funding overhaul proposed in the governor's budget. They'll be gathering for lunch in a tent near the south steps before proceeding into the building.

A TAXING MEETING: The Board of Equalization is meeting today to tackle an agenda that includes setting the tobacco tax rate and discussing a half-dozen bills dealing with California's contentious fire fee, a topic on which one Board of Equalization member has been pretty outspoken. Starting at 10 a.m. at 450 N Street.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. MILK: There are a few events today honoring the legacy of the slain gay rights champion Harvey Milk, whose birthday is today. Three openly gay California public officials will be receiving special "Harvey Milk Champions of Change" awards from the White House: California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, Redondo Beach Mayor Michael Gin and Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach. The LGBT Caucus is also hosting a reception lauding Milk at the fish pond near the east steps from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, who is 44 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg will be hearing from the governor today. August 10, 2010 by Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee.



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