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US_NEWS_SAN_ONOFRE_3_OC.jpgWhat's the best way to decommission the San Onofre nuclear plant? How should California replace the electricity it used to generate?

Southern California Edison announced last month that it would permanently close the plant, whose official moniker is the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The Senate Energy Committee is looking at how best to shut down the nuclear facility, which has been offline for a year and a half.

The panel will hear from representatives of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, as well as Mike Florio of the California Public Utilities Commission; Robert Weisenmiller, the California Energy Commission's chairman; and Steve Berberich, the CEO of the California Independent System Operator. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol's room 4203 and will be streamed live at the CalChannel website.

VIDEO: Dan Walters speculates about a Democrat vs. Democrat race that's shaping up in the Assembly.

VIDEO GAMES: Speaking of committee hearings, a subpanel of the Senate Public Safety Committee is examining research on the effects of the violence found in video games and other media on child development and public health, as well as possible solutions viewed through a constitutional lens. The hearing runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Capitol's room 113.

ATHLETES, ETC.: The Senate Labor Committee lists just two bills on its agenda. Assembly Bill 26, by Concord Democrat Susan Bonilla, would classify money from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund as public funds that could be used for work at an oil refinery only for specified reasons to cut emissions. Assembly Bill 1309, by Fresno Democrat Henry T. Perea, which would deny workers' compensation to out-of-state athletes, passed the Assembly 57-1 in May. That hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in room 2040.

SENATE LEADER SPEAKS: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is not only talking to The Bee's editorial board this morning, he's holding a press availability at 10:30 a.m. If you have any suggestions for questions to ask of him, shoot the Capitol Bureau's Laurel Rosenhall an email at

PHOTO: With the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station as a backdrop, a surfer walks along San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente on June 7, 2013. Orange County Register/Mark Rightmire


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