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State_of_the_State_2013.JPGAnother week, another big speech from Gov. Jerry Brown: With the announcement of his budget proposal and the declaration of a drought emergency out of the way, Brown now turns his attention to the annual State of the State address, in which the governor has an opportunity to make the case for his 2014 policy agenda.

The speech, which takes place in the Assembly Chambers of the Capitol at 9 a.m., could end up touching upon many of the same topics as last year. The controversial high-speed rail and Delta water tunnel projects, both of which Brown voiced support for in his 2013 address and repeatedly since, remain in development limbo. The "philosophy of loyalty" developed by Josiah Royce, a Grass Valley-born thinker in the 1800s, may also make an appearance.

At 8:30 a.m., Capitol Alert will launch its live blog, including Twitter feeds, reaction and streaming video of the speech. Columnist Dan Walters will host a live chat starting at 11:45 a.m. Come to for all the coverage.

VIDEO: With little chance to win the California governorship, Republican candidates are battling for the future of the state party, Dan Walters says.

REGENTS ROUNDUP: As part of the bimonthly University of California Board of Regents meeting, which kicks off today in San Francisco, the leaders of the state's three higher education branches will gather to discuss the future of California's Master Plan for Higher Education. The document, adopted in 1960, lays out the role of each system in serving the state's students. UC President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris plan to share with the UC Regents how they are collaborating to strengthen the Master Plan. The discussion is the fourth and final item on the agenda for the meeting's 1 p.m. session, which will be webcast live.

MAYOR MAYHEM: Sacramento will be filled with more politicians than usual this week as local representatives from across the state descend upon the Sheraton Grand on J Street for the League of California Cities' New Mayors and Council Members Academy. The three-day conference, beginning today at 8 a.m. and continuing through Friday, trains newly-elected and veteran officials on the legal and practical framework in which a city operates.

INSIDER OF THE WEEK: Who will be the latest politician skewered on the pen of cartoonist Jack Ohman? Find a new portrait every Sunday on the Capitol Alert Insider Edition app. You can sign up here.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, center, delivers his State of the State speech to California legislators in the Assembly chambers at the Capitol on Jan. 24, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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