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UC_regents_meeting.JPGThe University of California regents make their annual trek to Sacramento for a two-day board meeting, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event coincides with an advocacy day at the Capitol in which the regents and students will be lobbying for greater funding for the UC system.

On the agenda is the issue of community college transfers to UC campuses. As Gov. Jerry Brown has pushed the state's public universities to cut down on time to degree for students, UC has lagged behind on transfer initiatives compared to California State University, which has partnered with the California Community Colleges to implement an associate degree for transfer.

Outside the meeting, students will be staging a protest against UC's investment in fossil fuels, beginning at 8 a.m. Last week, Stanford University made international headlines by announcing that it would be divesting from its coal stocks, and the students are calling upon the UC regents to follow suit.

VIDEO: Gov. Brown engaged in some budget trash talk during his May Revision announcement, Dan Walters says.

PLASTIC BAG BAN: A controversial proposal to ban disposable plastic bags in California gets its first hearing today in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, 11 a.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol. The legislation, which has drawn major opposition from plastic bag manufacturers, is one of Capitol Alert's Bills to Watch.

SEAWORLD IN SACTOWN: Last month, representatives from SeaWorld made their way up to Sacramento to oppose the groundswell of support for the "Blackfish bill," which would have banned the San Diego theme park's signature orca shows. With that legislation now dead for the year, SeaWorld makes a happier return to the Capitol for its annual advocacy day. The park will celebrate 50 years with an animal show, including penguins, lemurs, peregrine falcons and a kangaroo, on the north steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m.

FUN WITH SCIENCE: State Scientist Day brings scores of students between third and sixth grade to the west steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m. for hands-on exhibits including a mobile vet lab, live insects and an earthquake machine. Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, who will be honored by the California Association of Professional Scientists, participates in a "mad science experiment" at 10:30 a.m.

RAINY-DAY FUND: Gov. Brown finally got the rainy-day fund he's been wanting last week when he announced a deal with legislative leaders that could put a measure before voters on the November ballot. First, though, the bill has got to make it through both houses of the Legislature with two-thirds votes. It begins its journey in the Senate Budget Committee at 3:30 p.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to state Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, who turns 52 today.

PHOTO: Janet Napolitano speaks at a University of California Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco after being elected president of the UC system on July 18, 2013. The Associated Press/Eric Risberg


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