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Back when he was still inundated with the end-of-session bill crush, Gov. Jerry Brown waxed poetic about escaping the weight of "all these damn bills" and getting out more.

Over the last week or so, the governor seems to be living up to that -- if not by exploring the on-the-ground nuances of California's prisons and schools and water infrastructure, then at least by logging some miles.

Brown has been in Bell Gardens to christen a new hotel casino, in San Francisco to ink a new climate pact and in Washington, D.C. to continue touting California's come-back story. This morning he arrives in San Bernardino to tour a newly opening Amazon distribution center. It will be the first Amazon distribution warehouse in California out of around 40 nationally.

ONLINE EDUCATION: California's public universities continue to grapple with diminishing access and students taking too long to graduate. This year's budget allocated a cumulative $36.9 million to address high-demand "bottleneck" classes, including via the increasingly popular but still controversial with faculty notion of online classes, and today representatives of the California State University system will discuss where CSU is spending the $10 million it received. From 10:30 a.m. in room 437 of the State Capitol.

HOMEKEEPING: More than three years after California got approval to help struggling homeowners fend off foreclosure with the Keep Your Home California program, lawmakers will examine how effective the initiative has been with a joint hearing of the Assembly committees on Housing and Community Development and on Banking and Finance. From 10 a.m. to noon at Alhambra City Hall, featuring speakers from the California Housing Finance Agency and a handful of banks and mortgage servicers, along with Assembly members Ed Chau and Roger Dickinson.

AEROSPACIN' OUT: As south state lawmakers continue their push to revive California's aerospace industry, a Select Committee On Defense And Aerospace hearing at Mojave Air & Space Port will take a look at topics like space tourism and drone test sites. Featuring Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, and representatives from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

GUNS BLAZING: The Second Amendment backlash continues. A few days after gun advocates and gubernatorial longshot Tim Donnelly announced a plan to try and recall vulnerable Democrats who voted for gun bills, firearms fans sponsoring a gun-rights-fortifying amendment to the California Constitution will be touting their initiative on the west steps. Starting at 10:30 a.m.

PHOTO: Then-gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown gets in his old 1974 Plymouth Satellite car parked in front of his old apartment on N Street in Sacramento where Rusty Areias had a fundraiser for him on March 24, 2010. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer.


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