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When she unveiled a slate of anti-truancy measures last month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris acknowledged the bills were more about data collection than about directly addressing the out-of-the-classroom factors that keep kids from attending class.

A Select Committee On Delinquency Prevention And Youth Development today could help shed some light on the latter issue. The hearing, presided over by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, will detail the effect that abuse and neglect have on kids and discuss how to treat traumatized students.

Expected speakers include Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment and Dr. Steve Wirtz of the California Department of Mental Health, in addition to numerous high school students. Starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Public Library.

VIDEO: We just got a glimpse of the post-supermajority reality for Senate Democrats, Dan Walters says.

ECONOMICS: An array of elected officials will be in Oakland today for an economic summit sponsored by the left-leaning Greenlining Institute, among them the California Energy Commission's David Hochschild, the California Public Utilities Commission's Catherine Sandoval and Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, who is winning something called the "Big Brain Award." Keynoting is Richard Cordray, head of the beloved-by-liberals-and-reviled-by-conservatives Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

CARBONATION: The pursuit of reduced emissions continues. On Wednesday it was a low-carbon fuel summit; yesterday it was geothermal energy; and today it's a pair of Air Resources Board workshops on new standards for California's fuel as the state tries to diminish emissions ahead of a 2020 deadline. At the Cal/EPA building.

PHOTO: A Del Paso Heights student reads the book "Street Life: Poverty, Gangs and a Ph.D, " by Victor Rios, a sociology professor at UC Santa Barbara and former Oakland gang member as he talked to Vista Nueva High School students on Wed., Feb. 26, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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