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AASOLARGOV5.JPGTens of thousands of people are expected to gather this week in San Francisco for the Intersolar North America conference, and attendees might get a chance to hear the merits of solar energy extolled in Latin: Gov. Jerry Brown gives the opening ceremony's keynote address tonight at the Intercontinental Hotel. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will welcome the conference.

On a vaguely related note, the governor is getting some love from the education community after pushing successfully for a massive overhaul of school spending. The National Education Association decided Friday to name Brown the country's best governor. Brown's budget this year changed how money is distributed to districts and doled out a surge of new money, including grants targeted at low-income and English-learning students as well as a billion dollars for the new Common Core standards.

VIDEO: Don't let the Assembly's recess fool you into thinking state politics is taking a break: Dan Walters points to an intensely contested race he's watching.

WILL IT OR WON'T IT? Go as planned, that is. Transportation officials are expected to announce this morning whether the troubled Bay Bridge's new eastern span will open on Labor Day weekend, The Bee's Charles Piller reported late last week.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: Speaking of education, the California Community Colleges board is meeting in Sacramento this week. Members will get a budget update, talk about their five-year plan and tackle new regulations around tuition breaks for immigrants that have been victims of serious crimes. The meeting is today and Tuesday at 1102 Q St.

LEGISLATIVE LANGUOR: With the Assembly out for the rest of the month, it's a slow day for committee business in the Senate. The file lists a grand total of three bills scheduled to be heard, one per committee. On the Senate floor, a few dozen Assembly bills on their third reading are eligible for a vote, but given the fact that their original authors are out on recess, the more disputed bills might not see too much movement.

PHOTO: Panels stretch to the horizon at the Recurrent Energy solar facility in Elk Grove on Jan. 15, 2012, where Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a memorandum of understanding on renewable energy. Special to The Bee / Andy Alfaro



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