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MC_CALDERON_01.JPGFresh off honoring the nation's military veterans, California lawmakers will meet today to shape a veteran lawmaker's political future.

The fallout from the leaked FBI affidavit implicating Sen. Ron Calderon led Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, to request last week that Calderon should be stripped of his committee assignments.

Today, the Senate Rules Committee meets to consider the request -- and as Steinberg chairs the Rules Committee, the outcome of today's 1 p.m. meeting in the Capitol's room 4203 may be a given.

Assuming Calderon does lose his committee posts, that raises some questions about what comes next. So far only one lawmaker has publicly called for Calderon's full resignation, which Calderon has rejected, and Steinberg's office has said the committee changes are pending the conclusion of the federal probe. But it's anyone guess how long it will take, so we may have a committee-less Calderon operating under a cloud any time he casts votes on the Senate floor.

VIDEO: Dan Walters parses the apparently contradictory poll numbers on Gov. Jerry Brown.

HOME COMING? A joint legislative hearing today will assess California's progress in curtailing homelessness. Administered by the Select Committee on Homelessness and the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, the hearing will feature Assembly members Ed Chau and Toni Atkins; Ophelia Basgal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Claudia Cappio of the California Housing Finance Agency; and housing advocates from Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego and Alameda County. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 447 of the Capitol building.

BROWNOGRAPHY: A retrospective on a man still holding public office may seem a little premature, but a panel tonight will examine the legacy of California's longest-tenured governor. Speakers dissecting Gov. Jerry Brown's record will include the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci, Brown biographer Chuck McFadden, political consultant and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger aide Rob Stutzman, and professors Ronald Isetti and Michael Russo. At St. Mary's College in Moraga, starting at 7 p.m.

SF CITY COLLEGE: The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today will consider the fate of City College of San Francisco, which has faced losing its accreditation, among other business during a meeting in Sacramento. Starting at noon at1102 Q St. in Sacramento.

PHOTO: Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks to media representatives outside Senate chambers on June 10, 2013, at the state Capitol in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Manny Crisostomo.


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