Speakers expected to touch on health care, immigration and the general trajectory of California's economy and housing market include Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, Senate GOP leader Bob Huff and Sens. Ted Lieu and Jim Nielsen; Assembly members Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson; U.S. Reps. Ami Bera, Doris Matsui and Mike Honda; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; Board of Equalization member Betty Yee; and State Controller John Chiang.
And that's just the confirmed ones.
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Some of the biggest names in education policy will join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at an event tonight focused on public education. They include Linda Darling-Hammond, a prominent researcher and chair of the state's Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and No Child Left Behind architect-turned-antagonist Diane Ravitch. From 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium on J Street.
REPUBLICAN RETREAT: Republican party officials and lawmakers will be jetting to San Diego this weekend for a California Republican Leadership Fund fundraiser. A party spokesperson declined to share a list of attendees, but it looks like tickets will run from $15,000 for a regular pass to $100,000 for a sponsorship.
WOMEN'S WORLD: Scores of successful women will be in Sacramento today for a Capitol Region Women's Conference at the convention center. Speakers will include California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross in addition to journalists, CEOs, entrepreneurs and a certain ex-astronaut.
NATIVE AMERICANS: If things around the state Capitol seem a little more colorful today, it's probably because it's the 46th annual Native American Day. People will be marking the occasion with dances, cultural displays and educational setups on the south steps and around the Capitol grounds. On a related note, the proponents of a measure to overturn freshly inked tribal gaming compacts have until Tuesday to collect enough signatures.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, who turns 44 on Saturday.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this post misstated Pérez's birthday: it is Saturday, September 28th, not Friday.
PHOTO: A student at Sacramento State dons a a "Rock the Vote" pin during a voter education event at the campus on Oct. 4, 2000. The Sacramento Bee/Jay Mather