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After California lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a cluster of gun control bills encompassing everything from lead ammunition to local gun ordinances last year, the next gun agenda item is child's play.

The 2014 legislative session is now a little over a month away, and legislators are getting things rolling today by announcing a bill targeting realistic-looking toy guns that can prompt disproportionate responses. Fueling the push is the lethal shooting in October of a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy who was carrying an toy gun that a sheriff's deputy mistook for an actual AK-47.

Senators Kevin de León and Noreen Evans will be at today's press conference unveiling the legislation, as will Assemblymen Wesley Chesbro and Marc Levine and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada. They'll be speaking at the Santa Rosa Old Courthouse square at 10 a.m.

VIDEO: Fifty years later, Dan Walters reflects on a day that only one piece of news really mattered.

GRADING CALIFORNIA: As you may have seen, California didn't fare too well on the last round of National Assessment of Educational Progress tests that offer a key tool to compare state-level educational performance. At a Policy Analysis for California Education event today, Stanford expert Martin Carnoy will break down some of the state data and try to explain why California falls where it does. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at the UC Center Sacramento building on K street.

DEMOCRATIC PLANNING: The California Democratic Party will be doing some strategizing this weekend in Millbrae, where members will gather for an executive board meeting. California Attorney General Kamala Harris will address the attendees at a Saturday luncheon, and people will phonebank for Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, one of three Dems vying to fill the open 54th Assembly District seat let open by the departure of Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles.

PHOTO: Left is a real gun, and right is a toy gun. Image courtesy of Placer Co. Sheriff.


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