Sen. Kevin de León and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, both Los Angeles Democrats, kick off the week by greeting a bunch of Los Angeles first-graders coming to the Capitol to promote solar power. Clean energy and schools are at the heart of a fight between de León and Gov. Jerry Brown over how to allocate half the roughly $1 billion expected from the tax code changes enacted by November's Proposition 39. Brown wants the money to go to schools and community colleges based on enrollment. De León says preference should be given to economically disadvantaged schools. It's probably just a coincidence that de León will be under the rotunda at 9:30 a.m. with dozens of children from Echo Park singing the Beatles' famous tune, "Here Comes the Sun."
APPROPS: Afterward, de León walks upstairs to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is scheduled to slog through nearly 100 bills today. Among those on the agenda: Senate Bill 700, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D- Davis, which would create a 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags and direct the money toward local parks; and Senate Bills 491 and 493 by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, which would expand the kinds of services nurse practitioners and pharmacists may offer - a huge area of conflict with the doctor lobby.
IMMIGRATION HOLDS: The lower house gavels down at noon, with plans to take up several bills including an immigration proposal by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Assembly Bill 4 is the San Francisco Democrat's second attempt to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants who are deported for minor infractions. The bill prohibits local law enforcement agencies from holding people they arrest for federal immigration authorities unless they've been convicted of a serious or violent felony. Last year Brown vetoed a similar measure, Assembly Bill 1081.
MOTHER'S MILK: We're not talking about money this time. Assemblyman Richard Pan and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Greater Sacramento will be honoring three companies today on the Capitol's West steps for being "Mother-Baby Friendly Workplaces." Employees of Golden 1 Credit Union, Aerojet and VSP Vision Care nominated their companies for providing comfortable spaces for them to pump breast milk at work after their babies were born.
PHOTO CREDIT: A press release from Environment California says students from Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles will sing a Beatles tune inside the Capitol today. This 1967 photo by UPI Tony Gale / Pictorial Press London shows The Beatles: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison.