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WesternWildfireYosemite.jpgAfter the Rim fire incinerated a record-setting chunk of California this year, a spokesman for the Republican co-author of a bill to log larger trees was unequivocal about the scientific backdrop: With climate change, blazes affecting California could become more intense.

As life has begun reasserting itself in the 400 square miles scorched by the Rim fire, policymakers are still formulating responses to the risks of climate change. A California Natural Resources Agency meeting in Sacramento today will take a look, the first in a series of public meetings aimed at gathering input for an updated "Safeguarding California Plan." From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Natural Resources Building.

VIDEO: Dan Walters takes a look at one of the most successful constituencies of the 2013 session.

TRUST US: As Dan notes above, immigrant advocates have tallied some major victories this session, from legislation giving overtime pay to domestic workers to a bill granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Bills addressing both have perished via veto in recent years. Soon we'll see whether another reiterated bill, one that would limit local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, will win Gov. Jerry Brown's blessing or die on his desk, as it did last year. Advocates will be rallying for Assembly Bill 4, also called the "Trust Act," on the Capitol steps today at 10 a.m.

TRUANCY TROUBLES: Millions of missing students and billions of forfeited funds: That is the central thrust of a new report on truancy in California's elementary schools. Attorney General Kamala Harris will detail the findings alongside Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and others in Los Angeles from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the California Endowment building.

PHOTO: In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 25, 2013, a trail cuts through some of the forest land of the Stanislaus National Forest, destroyed by the Rim fire, near Tuolumne City. The Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli.


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