We got a little preview of the coming year's budget negotiations earlier this week, when designated room-inhabiting-adult Gov. Jerry Brown responded to a glowing fiscal forecast by urging that an expected revenue surge be tucked away to cushion against more turbulent times.
An event in San Francisco this morning will offer the counterpoint. Hosted by the liberal Greenlining Institute and attended by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, the "Equity in California's State Budget" talk will feature the type of social safety net menders likely to push for Brown and lawmakers to restore funding this year.
In addition to Leno, speakers are expected to include Raquel F. Donoso of the Latino Community Foundation, Chris Hoene of the California Budget Project, Mai Yang Vang of California Forward, Ellen Wu of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and Valerie Cuevas of The Education Trust--West. From 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Public Policy Institute of California's Bechtel Conference Center.
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GATTO FUNERAL: On a sad note, today is the funeral for Joseph Gatto, father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles. The elder Gatto was fatally shot at home earlier this month. The Gatto family is asking that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to The Historic Italian Hall Foundation; the Los Angeles Community Garden Council; or The Tuition Magician. The service is planned for 10 a.m. in Los Angeles.
EXECUTIVE DECISION: President Barack Obama will be in San Francisco and Los Angeles for some Democratic National Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee/Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee events. Obama will also be delivering some public remarks at San Francisco's Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center, and a White House preview emphasized not health care or filibusters but immigration, with the president expected to urge passage of a reform package that has receded from the spotlight.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to whippersnapper Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, who turns 39 today.
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his revised state budget plan during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, May 14, 2012. .AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli.