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LSBUDGETSIGNING3.JPGWith a scrawl of Gov. Jerry Brown's pen, California's minimum wage will be set to begin rising incrementally for the first time in years, eventually to $10 an hour.

Democrats advanced Assembly Bill 10, by Watsonville Democrat Luis Alejo, over the protestations of Republicans warning about a detrimental effect on California's economy, with Brown taking the rare step of signaling his plans for a bill while the Legislature was still debating it.

The governor will attend two signing ceremonies today, something for which lawmakers who plan to be photographed next to the governor will no doubt be thankful: first in Los Angeles' Ronald Reagan State Building at 9 a.m., and then during a noon event at the Cypress Mandela Training Center in Oakland.

RURAL REPS: The Bee's Dan Walters has written about the perceived gulf between the urban lawmaker-dominated state Legislature and the concerns of rural residents. Similar topics will surface at a three-day conference of the Rural County Representatives of California that begins today in South Lake Tahoe. Expected speakers include Board of Equalization members Betty Yee and George Runner, California Republican Party chair Jim Brulte and former state Sen. Gloria Romero.

GOLF TOGETHER NOW: A quick scan of today's fundraisers reaffirms an important fact: lawmakers of opposing parties may differ on legislation, but they can agree on the cash-generating power of golf. Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos and Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill are inviting supporters to tee off in support of their 2014 bids today. Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will host his own golf classic.

RESPECT YOUR ELDERS: A meeting of the California Commission on Aging meeting convenes today at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. After going through the day's business, commission members will meet with representatives of the California Elder Justice Coalition, which is hosting a day-long summit Thursday on preventing elder abuse.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, who turns 63 today.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown signs the state budget during a ceremony at the Capitol, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling.


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