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20130828_HA_GOLD_RUSH0666.JPGToday marks the 163rd anniversary of the California's admittance to the union, so don't be surprised by a surge of activity on the Capitol stairs today.

Representatives of Occupy Sacramento will be holding teach-ins and dancing on the west steps; members of the Native Sons of the Golden West and Native Daughters of the Golden West will be marking the occasion on the south steps; and perhaps most importantly, the California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association will be serving ice cream and cake (decorated with the Great Seal, naturally) on the north steps at 11:30 a.m.

No word yet on whether our history-loving governor will indulge his didactic tendencies to regale us with stories about the state's illustrious past. He does have a lot on his desk these days, with more coming by the Friday deadline marking the conclusion of this week's end-of-session mania.

VIDEO: Dan Walters wonders why lawmakers save so much of their business until the final days of session.

SANS SAN ONOFRE: The planning for energy production in a post-San Onofre world continues. With the troubled nuclear plant shuttered, a California Energy Commission workshop on energy infrastructure in Southern California will examine what happens next. Starting at 9 a.m., at the California Energy Commission building on Ninth Street.

BACK TO WORK, CONGRESS: Advocates and businesses will rally around the state to urge Congress, returning to work today after a summer recess, to take up the immigration reform bill that is gathering dust in the House of Representatives. Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is expected to participate in the Sacramento version, at Vallejo's Restaurant, 11 and O streets, at 10 a.m.

THIS ONE'S FOR WILLIE: A resolution that would name the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for legendary Assembly Speaker Willie Brown goes before the Senate Transportation And Housing Committee today. As we've noted, not everyone loves the idea.

AFL-SEEYA, OBAMA: The AFL-CIO's national conference continues in Los Angeles today, with a few luminaries on the agenda: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka are scheduled to address attendees today, although President Barack Obama was a late scratch (he will remain in Washington, deep in the Syria crisis).

MRS. ROBINSON: Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus will host Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball great and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson, in the state Capitol today. She will appear at a 10 a.m. event in room 1190, discussing the nonprofit Jackie Robinson Foundation ahead of a screening of the movie "42" at the Crest Theater this evening.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, who turns the big 6-0 today.

PHOTO: Members of the 2nd California Cavalry Company F Sacramento Rangers ride in Old Sacramento on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 during Gold Rush Days. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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