In his final year in the Legislature, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has made the expansion of pre-kindergarten to all California four-year-olds one of his biggest policy priorities.
While public support for the idea was high in a Field Poll released last month, Gov. Jerry Brown has never gotten on board with the proposal.
So with the final budget due in less than a month, Steinberg is scaling down his plan. He will present a revamped transitional kindergarten proposal that focuses on early learning and child care for low-income children during the Senate budget committee's education subcommittee hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol.
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OM(KENNY)G: Smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G is one of the best-selling musical acts of all time, as well as an eternal pop culture punchline. Now he can add "legislative advocate" to his resume. He'll join state Sens. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, and Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, to advocate for funding of musical education in schools, noon on the west steps of the Capitol. The event is part of Stand Up 4 Music's lobby day, which begins at 9 a.m. with performances by school bands from across California.
ANTE UP: A push and pull of competing interests has kept efforts to legalize Internet poker in California on hold for several years. Capitol Weekly and the UC Center Sacramento sponsor a daylong conference to discuss the issues surrounding the effort, including regulation and the effect on tribal gambling, starting at 9 a.m. at the Masonic Temple on J Street. Among the speakers is Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, the author of one of two current bills that would authorize Internet poker.
MILK AND CAKE: The California Legislative LGBT Caucus – including Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, state Sens. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Lara, and Assemblymen Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco – hold a reception for what would have been activist Harvey Milk's 84th birthday, 1:30 p.m. at the Capitol Park fish pond.
EXPANDING CARE: How will insurers adapt to meet the diverse needs of those newly covered under the Affordable Care Act? The California Association of Health Plans holds a daylong seminar to discuss new strategies and trends in health care, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites on Capitol Mall.
FOSTER STUDENTS: With a new school funding formula in place that provides additional money to districts with low-income and other needy students, foster youth advocates are asking schools to look out for students from foster care. The Stuart Foundation sponsors a legislative briefing on the educational outcomes and needs of foster youth at 10 a.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, who turns 45 today.
PHOTO: Headstart students Adani Devlin, 5, left, and Jocelyn Walls, 4, work on their paintings during class at Washington Elementary School in downtown Sacramento on August 21, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench