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Fresh off his trip to Washington, D.C., Gov. Jerry Brown will join his West Coast gubernatorial brethren and Canadian officials today to ink a climate change accord.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and environmental officials from British Columbia will join Brown in San Francisco to sign the pact. Stay tuned for more details.

VIDEO: As the state's finances improve, Dan Walters says the court system finds itself in the same place as other state agencies scrambling for more money.

CAPITOL TO CAPITOL: Now that's what you'd call a memorable exit: California Fair Political Practices Commission Chair Ann Ravel put an exclamation point on her tenure by announcing a landmark $1 million settlement Thursday with nonprofits that secretively injected millions of dollars into the 2012 election cycle.

Now Ravel is migrating from California to the nation's capital, where she'll monitor monetary machinations for the Federal Elections Commission. The U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment to the panel back in September. Ravel was sworn in on Friday, and today is her first day working for the feds.

SEXUAL ASSAULT: The issue of sexual assault in the military has gained prominence on Capitol Hill recently, and today California lawmakers will examine the lingering repercussions of military sexual assault during a hearing conducted jointly by the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee and the California Legislative Women's Caucus, with witnesses including Lindsey Sin, deputy secretary of women veterans affairs at the California Department of Veterans Affairs and Jennifer Lucero, sexual assault response coordinator for the California National Guard. Starting at 10 a.m. in the Capitol's room 437.

LINKED LEARNING: The concept of high school education tailored to specific careers has apparently captivated Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for a while now. (He led a Senate field trip to study the concept in Long Beach and traveled to Germany and Switzerland this month to learn more.) Today he's touting a $250 million linked learning grant program included in this year's budget. At 9:30 a.m. at Health Professions High School in Sacramento.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who turns 48 today, and to Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, who turns 68.

PHOTO: California Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his revised budget plan for the fiscal year at the Capitol in Sacramento on May 14, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Renée C. Byer.


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