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brownchamberbreakfast.jpgThe California Chamber of Commerce's annual Host Breakfast brings together industry and civic leaders from across the state to discuss California's business climate. Gov. Jerry Brown will be there as usual to offer his thoughts at 8:35 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Last year, Brown downplayed optimistic revenue projections and urged caution on new spending in the final budget deal. He also said Latin "makes you smarter than everybody."

One of those points could very well surface again today, though Brown has also been on the defensive lately about California's regulatory environment and may have other pressing matters he wants to address.

The California governor is the event's usual keynote speaker, though Brown has skipped the breakfast once before, in 1975. President Gerald Ford was invited instead, and it was on that visit that he survived an assassination attempt by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme.

VIDEO: If the state can't get small construction projects right, how are we supposed to trust them with major endeavors like high-speed rail?, Dan Walters asks.

THE SPEAKER SPEAKS: In one of her first appearances since becoming the new Assembly Speaker last week, Toni Atkins will address the Sacramento Press Club for its monthly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom.

HEALTH CARE COSTS: A proposal to subsidize health care for undocumented immigrants has won conceptual approval from the state Senate, but its author, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said in early May that he had not yet identified a funding mechanism for the initiative. Lara and University of California researchers will unveil an economic analysis of the legislation, one of Capitol Alert's Bills to Watch, at 11 a.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol.

HELP AT HOME: At the annual Disability Capitol Action Day, seniors, disabled individuals and their advocates will continue the campaign against a budget proposal that would limit the number of hours in-home caregivers can work. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, will deliver remarks at 11 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.

BOOTING UP: The Internet Association, which announced in March that it was expanding into California, celebrates the opening of its new office with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at Mayahuel on K Street. Members such as Facebook and Uber will show off their technology and there will be a demonstration of Google's self-driving car.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the California Chamber of Commerce's annual Host Breakfast in Sacramento on May 22, 2013. The Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli



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