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ha_Mark_LENO_2011.JPGNow that last week's house-of-origin bill bonanza has drawn to a close, lawmakers turn to the work of finding fiscal common ground.

The conference committee on the budget, chaired by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, is convening throughout the week to reconcile the frameworks advanced by the respective houses as well as the governor.

Today's meeting starts at around 12:30 p.m. in room 4203.

VIDEO: A bill requiring local officials to get training in financial management sounds fine until you look closer and see the hypocrisy, Dan Walters says.

LATINO DEMOGRAPHICS: The California Latino Legislative Caucus is getting a primer today from a UC Davis professor who has studied demographic trends and civic engagement. Mindy Romero, the founding project director of the California Civic Engagement Project, already appeared at the University of California Center, Sacramento, speaker series in late May, and today she'll be briefing interested lawmakers in room 444, starting at 4 p.m.

LENO AND LGBT LESSONS: As part of a conference on LGBT youth hosted by the Sacramento City Unified school district, Leno will be speaking about implementing his Senate Bill 48, which directs California schools to teach students about the accomplishments of LGBT Americans. Leno is speaking at 10:30 a.m. at the district's Serna Center, at 5735 47th Ave.

JOB MOVES: Consumer Watchdog is getting a new executive director. Longtime chief Doug Heller is leaving the agency, with the organization's Washington, D.C. director, Carmen Balber, taking over Heller's post.

HACKS, FLACKS MINGLE: The American Association of Political Consultants is in town for a conference, and they're celebrating tonight with a "Hacks and Flacks" event (for the uninitiated, that means reporters and spokespeople) co-hosted by the Sacramento Press Club. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, listens to speakers at a committee hearing. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee file, 2011



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