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brownchamberbreakfast.jpgIn what has become an unlucky pattern for Gov. Jerry Brown, his budget proposal leaked early last night. It is the second time in three years this has happened. In 2012, the governor's proposal was inadvertently posted to the Department of Finance website before it was formally introduced.

Among Gov. Brown's priorities for the 2014-15 fiscal year are repaying about $6 billion in deferred school payments and creating a rainy day fund. (You can check out the entire document here.)

News conferences across the state, originally planned for Friday, have now been moved up a day: After introducing his budget at the Capitol at 9 a.m., Gov. Brown will be at the San Diego City Administration Building at 12:30 p.m. and the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles at 3:00 p.m. for additional announcements.

VIDEO: The Legislature continues to act irresponsibly by ignoring California's growing pension debts, Dan Walters says.

LEFT OUT: A new report from the National Fair Housing Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for equal housing opportunity, charges that rental companies routinely discriminate against applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing. The group is planning to file federal civil rights complaints today against major apartment owners and managers in eight cities nationwide, including Sacramento. The details will be announced during an online news conference at 10 a.m.

EDUCATION INNOVATION: Among the more than 2 million students served by California's community college system, nearly three-quarters require some basic skills coursework in English or math, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity. Most of them won't finish their education as a result -- a situation the group believes can be improved by encouraging more innovation in how those basic skills are taught. Representatives from several community colleges share their experiences during a briefing at 2 p.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol building.

DIGITAL TRAIL: Assembly members Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, who chairs the select committee on privacy, and Bonnie Loewenthal, D-Long Beach, will host a screening of the documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply at 11:30 a.m. in Room 127 of the Capitol building. The film concerns digital privacy and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Matthew Cagle, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the California Chamber of Commerce's annual Host Breakfast in Sacramento on May 22, 2013. The Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli



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