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Clean_Energy_Schools.jpgWith the passage and implementation of Proposition 39, California stands to receive billions of dollars earmarked for making buildings, particularly school facilities, more energy efficient. That has already generated ample debate about the best way to spend the money.

Today, the Assembly Select Committee On California's Clean Energy Economy examines some different approaches. Witnesses testifying include Andrew McAllister, commissioner of the California Energy Commission; Simon Baker of the California Public Utilities Commission; Steven Schiller of the Energy Efficiency Industry Council; and Howard Choy of Los Angeles County's office of sustainability.

VIDEO: With billions of dollars at stake, Dan Walters expects health care issues to dominate much of the Legislature's remaining time.

BOYS OF COLOR: Ahead of a meeting Thursday of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, more than 100 young men will be fanning out through the state Capitol today and talk to lawmakers about the unique hurdles that they face. They have meetings scheduled with 33 lawmakers and representatives of an additional 34 offices, as of the most recent count.

MARIJUANA MEETING: The Bee's Dan Morain wrote this past weekend about how large-scale marijuana growers are skirting regulations and damaging the environment, to the consternation of officials who have scant capacity to crack down. Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, who served as Morain's guide for the piece, and Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, will discuss solutions at the state Capitol today with representatives from the state water board and from the governor's office.

OBAMA ORATION: Fresh off of a jaunt to Burbank for a taping of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," President Barack Obama will be speaking to service members today at Camp Pendleton.

CENTRAL VALLEY CONSERVATION: Efforts to preserve water habitats have occupied plenty of page space and air time lately with discussion of the proposed Bay Delta plan, and today the Central Valley gets a look. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a joint public meeting seeking comment on plans for fish and wildlife protection and water management in the Central Valley. From 1 to 4 p.m. at California State University, Sacramento.

PHOTO: Billionaire Tom Steyer, the chief financier behind the successful Proposition 39 campaign, discusses a proposal to fund energy efficiency projects at schools during a news conference at Sacramento's Mark Twain Elementary School on Dec. 4, 2012. The Associated Press/ Rich Pedroncelli


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