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20120620_HA_WALKER0026.JPGThe Service Employees International Union California, fresh off a major local securing a tentative contract agreement that includes a raise, is marshaling its members this morning to lobby lawmakers.

Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, are scheduled to address attendees, who will be pressing health-related initiatives such as a Medi-Cal expansion as well as legislation to prohibit large employers from paying employees a wage low enough that they would qualify for Medi-Cal. The rally starts at 10 a.m. on the Capitol's south steps.

VIDEO: Dan Walters looks at why the latest state budget deal is missing the enterprise zone overhaul that Gov. Jerry Brown wants.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: A few months after the revelation California was sitting on nearly half a billion dollars in federal funds to improve drinking water infrastructure, a small geyser of drinking water-related bills will be flowing through the Senate Environmental Quality Committee today, starting at 9:30 a.m. in room 3191.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD PLAUDITS: Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte is honoring a handful of elected officials, among them Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, (neither of whom are expected to attend) during an event this evening that will be emceed by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the California Museum, 1020 O St. in Sacramento.

HYDROGEN CELL-EBRATION: On the same day that the California Energy Commission is weighing whether to dole out millions in grants for hydrogen fueling stations in cities from Anaheim to Chino, several hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars will be on display at the commission's offices at 1516 Ninth St. The meeting starts at 9 a.m.

REDISTRICTING REEXAMINED: Did nonpartisan redistricting work? That's the question posed by a new study commissioned by the League of Women Voters of California and prepared by Raphael Sonenshein of California State University, Los Angeles. Inaugural Citizens Redistricting Commission members Stanley Forbes and Michelle DiGuilio will help unpack the results during a conference call this morning.

JOB MOVE: Kathy Bowler, formerly executive director of the California Democratic Party, will be leading the Sacramento branch of the firm Vectis Strategies.

PHOTO: Yvonne Walker, president of California SEIU Local 1000, left, smiles as she talks with Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, at the state Capitol on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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