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RBCapitolBuilding2.JPGIt's National Sunshine Week! While we here in Sacramento have indeed been blessed with great weather, this is actually an event promoting public access to government information. In observance, California Forward is hosting a summit on using government data to improve decision-making and solve policy challenges from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

Among those participating are Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development; Erin Peth, executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission; former Assemblyman Rick Keene; budget and campaign contribution data websites OpenGov and MapLight; and The Sacramento Bee's own deputy editorial page editor, Mariel Garza.

VIDEO: California is a leader in technological advances, Dan Walters says. So why does state government have such a bad record with updating its computer systems?

COMMITTEE CORPS: It's a budget kind of day for the state Senate. All five budget subcommittees are meeting at the Capitol starting at 9:30 a.m.: Education in Room 3191; Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation in Room 112; Health and Human Services in Room 4203; State Administration and General Government in Room 2040; and Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary in Room 113.

BORDER BATTLES: Ahead of a visit to Mexico next week, the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris will release a report Thursday examining the impact of transnational crime on California. Harris is scheduled to lead a delegation of state attorney generals to Mexico City from March 24-26 to increase collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico on issues including international money laundering and human, drug and firearms trafficking.

DRIVERLESS DEBATE: Self-driving cars may not be available for another decade, but California is getting a head start, allowing developers to test the vehicles on the road and working with the public on regulations. What are the advantages and risks of this new technology for traffic, safety and the environment? Nidhi Kalra, an information scientist at the RAND Corporation, hosts a policy briefing at noon in Room 125 of the Capitol.

NEW JOB: The Internet Association is expanding beyond Washington, D.C., opening a new office in Sacramento this week. The trade association has hired former TechAmerica lobbyist Robert Callahan to head its California operation.


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