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20130805_ha__JohnAPerez0002.JPGWith his Sacramento duties discharged for the year's remainder, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez will be availing himself of an opportunity to commune with his legislative leader counterparts.

Accustomed to presiding over the California Assembly, Pérez will spend the next few days hosting a National Speakers Conference in Los Angeles. Run by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, the four-day event today through Saturday brings together speakers and chiefs of staff from democracy labs around the country. It seems appropriate that Pérez takes on the emcee's role as his final year in the Legislature looms; he has already served a one-year term as the conference's president.

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation, by the way, draws funding from an A-list of corporate backers that includes the American Beverage Association, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Verizon and GlaxoSmithCline. Its board of directors features state lawmakers from around the country, including California's own Assembly Majority Floor Leader Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

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REEXAMINING REALIGNMENT: During Monday's meeting of a newly launched committee on criminal justice policy, lawmakers peppered witnesses with questions about the quantifiable effects of shifting offenders to county jails over the last few years. Today, a Sacramento Press Club event will ask air similar questions. With Lenore Anderson of Californians for Safety and Justice, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, Nina Salarno Ashford of Crime Victims United and Michelle Scray Brown, chief probation officer of San Bernardino County. From noon at Capitol Plaza Ballroom.

MEDI-CALIBRATING: An Assembly Health Committee hearing today will take a look at Medi-Cal's managed care program. Witnesses include public health academics, attorneys for organizations that work on disabled advocacy and independent care and experts who will speak on shifting Californians enrolled in Healthy Families into Medi-Cal. From 9:30 a.m. to noon in room 4202.

DRONES: The growing use of unmanned aircraft continues to hover on the radar of policymakers, and a panel today in San Francisco will take a look at the implications for law enforcement and civil liberties. Joining Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and David A. Carrillo, director of UC Berkeley law school's California Constitution Center, will be Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored an unsuccessful bill last session that would have delineated how law enforcement could use data collected by drones. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, who turns 63 today.

PHOTO: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez speaks at a press conference at the state Capitol on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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