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brownchamberbreakfast.jpgGov. Jerry Brown has been quite the diplomat recently: Last week, he established a trade agreement with Peru and met with the president of Portugal. Today, he joins Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Bay Area to sign an economic pact between California and Israel.

According to the governor's office, the agreement will emphasize "water conservation, alternative energy, cybersecurity, health and biotechnology, education and agriculture technology," along with allowing Israeli companies to access California's Innovation Hub network of research parks, technology incubators and business development programs.

The meeting takes place at 10:30 a.m. at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

VIDEO: Legislators' financial disclosure statements are an annual source of political dirt, Dan Walters says.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE: The Senate Committee on Education holds an informational hearing at 9 a.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol to discuss teaching in the 21st century. The hearing includes panels on teacher recruitment, professional development and Common Core standards, as well as remarks from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The Senate Committee on Health convenes at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4203 to explore the cost of health care in California and the state's efforts to provide affordable options.

The Senate Committee on Rules also gathers at 1:30 p.m. in Room 113 to confirm Laura A. Alarcon as chief of the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. Though sent to the rules committee last week, the Republican resolution to expel Sen. Rod Wright, D-Baldwin Hills, from the Senate is unlikely to be heard.

OVERTIME BATTLE: In January, in-home supportive caregivers rallied on the steps of the Capitol in opposition to a budget proposal that would prohibit them from working overtime. They'll attend the Assembly's budget hearing on health and human services today, appearing outside Room 4202 at 1:00 p.m. to ask legislators to reject the restriction.

COMING HOME: State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, in conjunction with the California Youth Homeless Project research initiative, hosts a screening of the short film "Children of Re-Entry" at 1 p.m. in Room 112 of the Capitol. The film is followed by a panel talk on how incarceration and re-entry into society affect families.

CATCH A FIRE: Members of California Professional Firefighters are holding "live fire" training sessions for the public on the west steps of the Capitol starting at 9 a.m., with a special trailer that simulates the conditions of a fire attack.

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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