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chemicals.JPGNew regulations adopted last October by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control require manufacturers to seek safer alternatives to harmful chemical products used in consumer goods.

The agency will announce today the first batch of products it is asking companies to find new ways to make. These products contain at least one chemical the department has determined could potentially harm public health or the environment.

The announcement takes place at 10 a.m. at the Cal EPA building on I Street.

VIDEO: Even as they continue to receive their salaries, the Senate's refusal to acknowledge state Sens. Rod Wright, D-Baldwin Hills, and Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, is rather Orwellian, Dan Walters says.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Is Gov. Jerry Brown making what he deserves? What about the Legislature? The California Citizens Compensation Commission meets at 10 a.m. at Sacramento City Hall to begin discussions on whether any changes should be made to state officeholders' and lawmakers' pay. Last year, the commission handed out five percent raises, undoing some of the cuts made during the recession.

IN MEMORIAM: Gov. Brown will be in Los Angeles this morning to attend the funeral of a police officer who was killed last Friday when his squad car collided with a big rig. The service for Nicholas Lee takes place at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

TECH TALK: From Twitter accounts to wiki bills, California legislators have been embracing technology in their public service. Camille Crittenden, deputy director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society at UC Berkeley, will talk about the impact these new online tools and resources can have on democracy and civic engagement, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

CHLORPYRI-FOES: Residents of Tulare County who say they found high levels of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in the air and their bodies are calling for a ban on its use across the state. They will be joined by farm workers and environmental advocates at 10:30 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol to present petitions to lawmakers.

CELEBRATIONS: Congratulations to Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, and his wife, Laura, who welcomed a new baby boy, Steven Edward, Wednesday morning.


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