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LSWHITESUITWRIGHT.JPGNo, we aren't bringing you news of state Capitol weddings. California lawmakers are heralding the onset of summer by donning white suits today and rewarding staffers and lobbyists who do likewise. (The federal version involves seersucker.)

To ring in White Suit Day, Sen. Roderick Wright, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, are hosting an evening reception at Ella Dining Room and Bar with free beverages for attendees who dress in white (including a "White Linen Cocktail" that Capitol Alert had to look up). Wright's website features photos from last year's event.

VIDEO: The budget debate is pitting two traditional Democratic constituencies against each other, Dan Walters says.

CALDERON WATCH: In non-sartorial news, it has now been more than a week since Sen. Ron Calderon was seen at the Capitol, before an FBI raid on his offices. While speculation continues about the probe, we're wondering when the Montebello Democrat will again show up to work.

AWOL WORKERS: The Senate Public Employment And Retirement Committee is taking up a bill that would make it harder to prematurely fire state workers who disappear from work without a good explanation. The State Worker wrote about the legislation back when it cleared the Assembly, and senators will take a look starting at 2 p.m. in room 2040.

TRANSGENDER ATHLETES: You may remember us writing about a Tom Ammiano bill that would give young transgender students the leeway to choose the bathroom facility and the team that best fits their gender identity. The State Athletic Commission is delving into a similar debate today as it considers whether to license transgender fighters. The meeting convenes at 10 a.m. at the State Building in Los Angeles.

GAVIN'S GOVERNMENT: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has gotten plenty of press -- and some profanity-peppered Stephen Colbert eyebrow arches -- for his new book on civic engagement in the digital era. He'll be discussing the subject today during a noon talk at the CSAC conference center on 11th Street that will also feature Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen and Channel 10's John Myers.

JOB MOVE: We are told that Elizabeth Ashford, formerly of Gov. Jerry Brown's office, is taking a gig as chief of staff to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Editor's Note: This post was updated at 7:25 a.m. June 10, 2013 to correct that Kamala Harris is attorney general.

PHOTO CREDIT: Then-Assemblyman Roderick Wright, self-proclaimed head of the "White Suit Caucus," buttons up his jacket in his office on Monday, June 4, 2001. By Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee.


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