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brownchamberbreakfast.jpgWhen California's largest union group comes to Sacramento, it gets the attention of top government officials from both sides of the aisle.

Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver the keynote address at the California Labor Federation's annual legislative conference tonight. The dinner program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on J Street. The conference, which is also sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council, features sessions on maintaining health benefits and changing the public perception of unions, as well as speaking appearances by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and state Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres.

On Tuesday, attendees head to the Capitol for visits with lawmakers, advocating for pro-labor legislation including a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, that would require California employers to give paid sick days.

VIDEO: From the Bay Bridge to the high-speed rail, politicians' legacy projects often spell trouble, Dan Walters says.

COMMANDER-IN-CHEF: Who said the lieutenant governorship is a job without duties? Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver remarks and present a scholarship during the awards ceremony for the ProStart Cup, a culinary and hospital management competition for high school students sponsored by the California Restaurant Association, 4 p.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

NEW BEGINNINGS: Freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, faces a tight re-election race against three Republican opponents in the 7th Congressional District. He will celebrate the opening of his new campaign headquarters in Elk Grove at 6 p.m.

DELTA RESTORATION: The Delta Stewardship Council hosts a noon seminar examining efforts to restore wetlands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a source of carbon offsets for the state's cap-and-trade program, at the Park Tower Building on 9th Street.

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



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