Immigrants from across California are arriving in Sacramento today to advocate for a package of immigration bills as part of an Immigrant Day organized by the California Immigrant Policy Center. Things kick off with a 10 a.m. rally on the north steps, expected to include Assembly Members Paul Fong, V. Manuel Perez, Holly Mitchell, Tom Ammiano and Rob Bonta, and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation.
They'll be emphasizing several different bills, among them one by Ammiano that would shield immigrants from deportation and another that would establish more protections for domestic workers; a driver's license bill by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville; a bill by Bonta that would allow lawful permanent residents to serve as precinct board members; and a bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would create an immigrant integration task force.
VIDEO: The gap between the Gov. Jerry Brown's revised May budget and the Legislative Analyst's Office's take foreshadows conflict between the governor and Democratic lawmakers, Dan Walters says.
THE CLIMATE, IT IS A CHANGIN': California's prospects for coping with climate change are the subject of a daylong event hosted by The Nature Conservancy and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy today. Planned speakers include Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley; Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson, Kevin de León and Ted Lieu; Nancy McFadden from the Brown administration; David Nawi, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for California and Nevada; and CA Department of Fish and Wildlife director Chuck Bonham. At the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on I street, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
BROWN IN BERKELEY: Students graduating from Berkeley today will be hearing from a prominent alum: the governor of California, who graduated in 1961 with a degree in classics, is delivering a commencement address to political science students this morning, starting at 9 a.m.
FUNDING FEUD: We've already brought you news of rumblings from advocates and Democratic lawmakers who'd like to see the governor's budget do more to restore social service funding that's been pared back over the last few years. At an 11 a.m. rally on the south steps, Assembly Members Holly Mitchell and Shirley Weber will be stumping for a resolution that calls on the governor to put money back into early care and education programs.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy belated birthday to Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who turned 63 on Sunday.
PHOTO CREDIT: Hundreds of marchers make their way up Capitol Mall during an annual Cesar Chavez march in Sacramento, during which participants rallied for immigration reform. On Saturday, April 6, 2013 by Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee.