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RBCapitolBuilding2.JPGJust because we're in an election off-year doesn't mean we can't do a little homework.

Dozens of candidates vying for seats in the state Legislature will attend a Leadership California Institute-sponsored forum for candidates today at the Citizen Hotel. They'll soak in pointers proffered by a roster of former legislative leaders, including Don Perata and Jim Brulte; some interest group illuminati, including Alma Hernandez, political director for SEIU California, Rob Lapsley, of the California Business Roundtable and Janus Norman of the California Medical Association; and current Assembly members Melissa Melendez, José Medina and Rocky Chávez.

We'd say check in for updates on the wisdom we glean, but press is banned from the event.

VIDEO: Gov. Jerry Brown once again went to the plate against the feds on prisons, Dan Walters says, and this time he struck out.

NOT THE BEES!: Despite bees being sometimes depicted as horrific menaces, the fact that they've been mysteriously dying off en masse carries potentially dire implications for ecosystem stability and agriculture. Today's joint hearing of the Assembly committees on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and on Agriculture will examine bee colony collapse (the latter committee's chair, Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman hails from a beekeeping family). Witnesses will include a hive of scientists, Brian R. Leahy of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Jackie Park-Burris of the California State Beekeepers Association. From 2 to 4 p.m. in the Capitol's room 4202.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, has been traversing the state for the last few days to spread the gospel of community schools, a model in which schools build their offerings by fostering ties with local government, nonprofits and business (Sen. Loni Hancock co-wrote an op-ed in The Sacramento Bee about it). The tour culminates in a Senate Education Committee hearing today from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in room 3191.

PHOTO: The California state Capitol building from the Tower Bridge in Sacramento on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.


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