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After years of fruitless attempts, Gov. Jerry Brown will fulfill a longtime dream of immigrant advocates today by signing legislation offering driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in California.

The governor will sign the bill during a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall this morning alongside L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who championed the cause during his time in the Legislature. After that comes a second signing ceremony for the benefit of those more northerly inclined, at 12:30 p.m. at Fresno City College.

Once Brown signs the bill into law, the work of determining what the licenses will look like begins -- a fraught process, given that advocates expressed concerns throughout the bill's journey about how conspicuously different the new cards will be.

VIDEO: It seems obvious that a massive iPad giveaway would backfire on the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dan Walters says.

SCHOOL STANDARDS: If you've been around education policy over the last decade, you've heard the word "accountability" invoked with tide-like regularity. A conference organized by the Stanford-based Policy Analysis for California Education will take a look at what the principle means for California education, touching on topics that range from the state's newly enacted school funding formula to No Child Left Behind Waivers for the so-called CORE districts to a federally disputed law, signed yesterday by the governor, that will suspend California's current standardized tests to make way for assessments aligned with the new Common Core standards.

Speakers will include Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond, Sue Burr of the California State Board of Education and Rick Simpson, deputy chief of staff for Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. From 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the California Secretary of State's Office auditorium

FRACK THAT: Depending on whom you ask, California's new hydraulic fracturing law represents either a victory for environmental regulation or an energy industry giveaway that will encourage a hazardous drilling technique. The latter argument will be on display today when Environment California releases a new fracking report at the State Capitol. The press conference convenes on the west steps at 10 a.m.

POKER FACE: You may have noticed a piece by former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown this past weekend about curbing the power of special interests. So imagine our surprise to see Brown listed as the keynote speaker at an event marking the launch of Communities for California Cardrooms -- a new nonprofit that boasts in its press release of hoping to "grow quickly" into an "influential organization." (we wrote about them back in July). From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco.

PHOTO: Then-California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown gets in his old 1974 Plymouth Satellite car parked in front of his old apartment on N Street on March 24, 2010. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer.


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