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California is now less than two months away from the open enrollment date for the federally mandated health insurance exchange taking shape. Lawmakers and community leaders are gathering in San Francisco this morning for an update.

Participants in the Covered California forum include Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, state Sens. Leland Yee and Mark Leno, Assemblymen Phil Ting and Tom Ammiano, and Covered California executive director Peter V. Lee. The event starting at 10 a.m. at the University of California, San Francisco's Mission Bay conference center.

VIDEO: Secretary of State Debra Bowen's campaign promise to modernize voting systems hasn't borne fruit, Dan Walters says.

VALLEY WATER: With access to water of keen interest to the Central Valley, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, presides over a hearing today of the Select Committee On Regional Approaches To Addressing The State's Water Crisis. Joining him are Brent Walthall of the Kern County Water Agency, Jason Peltier of Westlands Water District, Dave Orth of the Kings River Conservation District, and Roger Patterson of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. From 9:30 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors chambers in Hanford.

NEWEST SENATOR: Speaking of Central Valley politics, the victor of the hard-fought race for control of the Seat Formerly Belonging to Michael Rubio gets formally elevated to office this weekend. Republican Andy Vidak will be sworn in as the new senator representing the 16th District during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday at the Hanford Civic Center, with Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, presiding.

AEROSPACE APPEAL:The diminished stature of Southern California's aerospace industry is well documented, and Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, is the latest hoping to jolt the dormant sector. He's hosting a Select Committee on Aerospace hearing focusing on aerospace manufacturing in California, joined by Kish Rajan from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, Jack Stewart from the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, and representatives from Northrop Grumman, Boeing and SpaceX, the firm working to spearhead commercial spaceflight. Starting at 10:30 a.m. in Redondo Beach.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, who turns 45 today.

PHOTO: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi checks her watch to begin a press conference at the California Democratic Convention at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.


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