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ha_jbrown00189.JPGGov. Jerry Brown will be down in Los Angeles today to deliver the keynote address at a sustainability summit hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council.

The focus of the event is California's energy and water policy and whether it is driving job growth and investment in Los Angeles. State Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, will participate in a panel on the city's renewable energy sector.

The summit begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Getty Center and Brown will deliver his remarks at 1:20 p.m.

VIDEO: Facing unknown rivals in his reelection bid, Brown looks to have the support of even many Republican voters, Dan Walters says.

WHERE HAS ALL THE WATER GONE?: In other water news, the University of California hosts a daylong science, policy and management conference on the state's drought, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Room 4202 of the Capitol. Faculty from across the UC system will discuss the current crisis, its impact on the economy and endangered species, how to cope with drought, and state policy for the future.

MONEY IN POLITICS: Capitol Alert's own Dan Walters is part of a panel discussion on campaign finance reform and legislative ethics at noon in Room 4203 of the Capitol. The event, sponsored by the Capitol Fellows Alumni Association, also features Erin Peth, executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission, and Phillip Ung of California Forward.

BEHIND THE SCENES: For a peek inside the budget process, the California Capitol Black Staff Association hosts a briefing with representatives from the California Budget Project, the Department of Finance and the Assembly Budget Committee, 10 a.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol.

BEING GREEN: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the LegiSchool Project, a public policy outreach program, hold a scholarship art competition for high school students at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol. Students who attended an energy forum in January will display their artistic renderings of a "green" lifestyle for judging and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, will present the winners at 2 p.m.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, who turns 56 today, and Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, who turns 40 tomorrow.

PHOTO: Governor-elect Jerry Brown, speaks at a press conference at his Oakland campaign headquarters at his Oakland campaign headquarters on Nov. 3, 2010, a day after he defeated Republican Meg Whitman. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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