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highway_construction.JPGCalifornia recognizes April 28 as Workers Memorial Day for those who have died or been injured on the job. In 2012, 339 workers in the state lost their lives, according to the proclamation Gov. Jerry Brown signed this week.

Caltrans will be at the Capitol today to honor the 183 employees of the state Department of Transportation who have been killed on the job since 1921. Many of them were highway maintenance workers hit by errant vehicles.

California Secretary of Transportation Brian Kelly, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, and Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty will deliver remarks

VIDEO: Many California programs with high costs produce lackluster results, Dan Walters says.

LAST CALL: Tomorrow is the last day for fiscal bills to make it out of their policy committees, which has led to some very lengthy hearings this week. A final few Assembly committee are scheduled to meet today: Natural Resources in Room 444 of the Capitol, Transportation in Room 4202 and Revenue and Taxation in Room 3162, all following the conclusion of floor session.

ECO-LIFORNIA: Daniel Sperling, a professor of civil engineering and environmental policy, analyzes the effectiveness of California's programs for zero-emission vehicles, low-carbon fuel standards and cap-and-trade, and whether they can be duplicated in other states, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

C-LOW-2: UC Davis transportation researchers Sonia Yeh and Christopher Yang discuss models for transitioning to a low-carbon economy in California, 10 a.m. at the Cal/EPA building on I Street.

PHOTO: Construction work on Highway 50 in the Sierra Nevada on May 10, 2011. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench


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