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Brownlicenses.JPGLatinos' public-policy priorities will be the focus in Sacramento this morning, with groups from around the state converging on the convention center for a Latino Community Foundation summit.

The event will involve leading advocacy organizations like the National Council of La Raza alongside smaller community-based organizing and services groups. Attendees will hear about the budget process from Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and about the implementation of some prized laws from senators Kevin de León and Ricardo Lara, along with Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia.

Laws of interest include the new healthcare overhaul and two landmark immigration laws passed last year: one offering driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants (which hit a bit of a snag yesterday) and one protecting non-criminals from deportation. Attendees will also hear about Lara's bill seeking to insure the undocumented.

VIDEO: Despite a disturbing new report on the size of California's debt, Dan Walters sees little hope for a fix any time soon.

STUDENTS SPEAK: Latino Community Foundation attendees will also hear about California's new school funding plan, and they're not the only ones paying attention. The California Teachers Association will be holding a press conference outside of a State Board of Education meeting today to press policymakers to let students weigh in on the Local Control Funding Formula's phase-in.

CALIFORNIA RAISIN': In a recurring ritual of mining California's deep reservoir of Democratic wealth, President Barack Obama will be in the state today for a pair of party fundraisers. Air Force One will carry the chief executive to Beverly Hills and La Jolla this morning for a pair of Democratic National Committee fundraisers, and then Obama will head north for two more events on behalf of the DNC: a Los Altos confab and an event at the home of Yahoo executive Marissa Meyer.

LEAVE US: Continuing the fight for a cherished Democratic idea, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez will describe a new push for her paid sick leave bill alongside labor and working moms today. The San Diego Democrat will be joined by California Labor Federation president — and 20th Senate District candidate — Connie Leyva — and hourly wage industry workers at a press conference announcing a statewide campaign for Assembly Bill 1522. At 11:30 a.m. in room 317.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to longtime California politico and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who turns 73 today.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown signs a driver's license bill for undocumented immigrants in Fresno City College in Fresno, Calif on Oct. 3, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.



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