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prostitute_arrest.JPGFor months, advocacy groups have been pushing the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board to overturn a regulation that prohibits sex workers from seeking financial assistance if they are the victim of rape or another violent crime.

The board is expected to vote today on whether to scrap the regulation, which has also been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, during its monthly meeting, 10 a.m. at 400 R Street. Advocates for sex workers will also be in Sacramento for a protest at 8:30 a.m. outside the state Capitol.

The US PROStitutes Collective, one of the groups spearheading the campaign, said it is about getting all women the help they need. "It's a first step to greater justice and eventually ending criminalization" for prostitution, spokeswoman Rachel West said.

VIDEO: New spending proposed by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez for next year's budget may not make it to the final bill, Dan Walters says.

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: As California emerges from a recession and years of state budget deficits, the electorate is growing cheerier about life in the Golden State, with 43 percent of respondents in a new Field Poll saying it is one of the best places to live. But there are growing divides in satisfaction between Democrats and Republicans, as well as between residents of coastal and inland counties. David Siders has the story, which was available to subscribers of the Capitol Alert Insider Edition app last night.

Here are the statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert.

TECH TIME: Assembly committees on the judiciary, business and privacy are holding a joint informational hearing at Santa Clara University from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. focusing on issues of online commerce and personal privacy protection on the Internet. The event is co-chaired by Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont; Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park; and Susan Bonilla, D-Concord.

UNIVERSITY DIVERSITY: Representatives from the education advocacy group Campaign for College Opportunity will be at Room 126 in the State Capitol at 2 p.m. for a briefing on their recent reports about the state of Latinos and blacks in higher education in California.

DECK THE HALLS: Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will be joined by eight-year-old Angel Valencia-Ceja of Vallejo to light the Capitol Christmas tree today. This year's tree is decorated with 500 ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities. The ceremony takes place on the west steps of the Capitol at 4:30 p.m.

PHOTO: Oakland police officers arrest a suspected juvenile prostitute on May 21, 2007. The Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer



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