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AOC_CityCollege_052w.JPGBy the time you read this, Gov. Jerry Brown will have capped his pen and finished presiding over the transformation of bills into laws or failed legislation.

Until the Legislature reconvenes in January, we'll have to occupy ourselves with the implementation of those laws, Capitol fundraisers, state agencies and the occasional special election.Today, higher education takes the spotlight.

The Little Hoover Commission meets today to consider final release of a sweeping new report on public higher education in California. Twelve months in the making, the report looks at repercussions of declining state funding and calls on the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to construct a new framework incorporating new technology and boosting graduation numbers in the California State University system and at community colleges. The meeting starts at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Counsel's Office in Sacramento.

VIDEO: Despite the broad support for facilitating teacher firing, another dismissal bill has failed -- a clear sign, Dan Walters says, of dysfunction in Sacramento.

WHITHER PARKS? In other state-bureaucracy news, this week brings the Parks Forward initiative, introduced against the backdrop of Department of Parks and Recreation turmoil, particularly on the financial end. The group will be conducting meetings and gathering input throughout southern California this week, starting today in San Diego and ending up in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.

BROWN OUT (OF SACRAMENTO): His bill-signing duties discharged, the governor will be in Los Angeles this morning to attend the grand opening of a new exhibit on Anne Frank at the Museum of Tolerance. Things kick off at 11:30 a.m. (After all, he did say earlier this month that he wants to get a "real-world feel" of the state he governs.)

STEM CELLS: The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state entity tasked with regulating stem cell research, is co-hosting a major confab of industry types, academics and researchers in La Jolla over the next three days. Speaking will be Jonathan Thomas, chair of the governing board for the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee that governs the agency.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who turns 61 today.

PHOTO: A student looks over a textbook while waiting for class to begin on the first day of school at Sacramento City College on Aug. 24, 2009. The Sacramento Bee/Autumn Payne.


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