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The Calderon Watch is officially over, and we're not talking about screening Ian's surf videos: Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, surfaced yesterday for the first time since the FBI raided his offices, referred questions to his lawyer and vowed to get back to the daily tasks of being a lawmaker. Today that includes a 9:30 a.m. hearing of the Governmental Organization committee, on which Calderon sits.

VIDEO: Gov. Jerry Brown for the most part got what he wanted out of yesterday's budget accord, and Dan Walters says that means the governor owns the policy proposals behind it.

GUN GAMUT: The Senate Public Safety Committee is taking up a raft of gun control measures that passed the Assembly today, while the Natural Resources Committee is looking at a hotly disputed measure to ban lead ammunition when hunting wildlife. The Natural Resources committee meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in room 112, while Public Safety is meeting in room 3191.

WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE: We've already brought you news of the multi-front campaign for a bill that would punish employers who don't pay their employees enough to keep them off of Medi-Cal. Today advocates are framing the legislation in terms of its impact on women's health, with female leaders -- among them Patty Bellasalma, president of the National Organization of Women's California chapter -- joining Women's Caucus Chair Bonnie Lowenthal, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and California Labor Federation President Connie Leyva to push for the bill during a 10:30 a.m. press conference in room 317.

ELEVATING ELECTIONS: Is California's electoral system a source of disappointment for you? The Public Policy Institute of California will entertain some suggestions for alleviating the pain during an "Improving California's Elections" talk today that will include Fair Political Practices Commission chair Ann Ravel, California Chamber of Commerce president Allan Zaremberg, KQED reporter Scott Shafer, and Mark Baldassare and Eric McGhee of PPIC. The event, which runs from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is in San Francisco, but you can follow it via live webcast.

TRANSPORTATION TRYST: Lawmakers who sit on transit committees will be breakfasting with members of the California Transportation Commission at the Sheraton Grand this morning, after which the commission will convene at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on I street to weigh funding for new projects.

PHOTO: State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, right, reacts as a reporter tries to ask him a question at the end of his brief news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday June 10, 2013. The Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli.


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