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20130909_HA_PRISONS0008.JPGThe Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens is getting a new hotel. It's also getting a visit from the governor of California.

Gov. Jerry Brown will be at the launch of the new hotel this morning, lending his blessing to a project that a gubernatorial news release touts for jolting the local economy and creating hundreds of jobs.

A press release from Bicycle estimates that casino revenue comprises nearly half of the Bell Gardens general fund. Joining Brown will be Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.

It bears noting that the casino has been a big Brown benefactor over the past couple of years. As The Bee's David Siders reported earlier, Bicycle poured $37,000 into his 2010 campaign, $25,000 to the Prop. 30 push and another $14,700 so far into the governor's re-election war chest.

JOB MOVE: Welcome to the private sector, Mr. Mayor: Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is joining PR titan Edelman as a senior adviser, the company officially announced today.

RALLY: Those protesters massing on the Capitol's west steps this morning are marking a nationally observed Day Against Police Brutality, highlighting instances in which people have died or suffered violence at the hands of law enforcement officers. Expected speakers include former California Supreme Court justice Cruz Reynoso.

COAST: The Pacific Ocean's vitality comes under the lens of a Select Committee on Coastal Protection hearing in Santa Cruz today. For the record, committee chair Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, was among the lawmakers who backed a thwarted bill empowering the California Coastal Commission to levy fines on violators. It should also be interesting to see whether offshore fracking surfaces as a discussion topic, given that Stone authored one of a few unsuccessful fracking bills this session. The hearing, featuring a scientist-heavy witness list, gets underway at 1:30 p.m.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters in Sacramento on Sept. 9, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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