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Brown_climate_change.jpgGov. Jerry Brown has made climate change a prominent issue in his return to the governor's office, calling it the greatest threat to young people's future and focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gases during his trip to China last year.

He will discuss the matter further today with President Barack Obama's task force on climate preparedness, which meets for the second time at 11:30 a.m. in Los Angeles City Hall. State and local leaders, including Brown, will gather with senior Obama officials to advise the administration on how the federal government can help communities dealing with the effects of climate change.

Brown is expected to meet with the President himself when Obama visits Fresno on Friday to address federal response to California's drought.

VIDEO: A big victory in the San Diego mayoral race suggests things could be turning around for California Republicans, Dan Walters says.

IN WITH THE NEW: Though the Senate and Assembly usually meet on Thursdays, there are no floor sessions today. Monday is off for President's Day, so in order to get their per diem allowances, which require legislators to gather at least every three days, they will hold floor sessions tomorrow and Tuesday instead.

Never fear, though. Civic-minded high schoolers will fill the political void when they descend upon Sacramento today for the California YMCA Youth & Government's 66th annual Model Legislature & Court Conference. The program, in which students elect a "youth governor" and pass mock legislation, continues through Monday at the Capitol.

TECH TALK: The role of laptops, tablets and other technology in K-12 education is heavily debated, even as school districts like Los Angeles Unified jump into new programs. UC Irvine education Professor Mark Warschauer will review research on the use of digital media in children's education during this presentation at noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

BEHIND THE BARS: Members of Sacramento State's debate team, university professors and policy experts from the Project for an Informed Electorate debate California prison policy, overcrowding and realignment during a public forum at Sac State's Del Norte Hall at 6 p.m.

NEW JOB: Congratulations to Erin Shaw, previously the deputy national press secretary for StudentsFirst, who has joined Stutzman Public Affairs as its new vice president.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown gives opening remarks at the Governor's Conference on Extreme Climate Risks and California's Future at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on Dec. 15, 2011.The Associated Press/Jeff Chiu


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