Five days after the Legislature eked out a budget deal just hours before its deadline, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the spending plan this morning in San Diego.
An unexpected choice, perhaps, but it's the home of new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, who will join Brown for the signing, 9:45 a.m. at the San Diego City Administration Building. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who all served on the Budget Conference Committee, will also be there.
This is the earliest a budget deal has been signed since at least 1977, reflecting the relatively peaceful nature of this year's process and illustrating how far things have come since just four years ago, when a partisan standoff amid the depths of the economic recession extended budget season until October.
The only questions that remain: What line items will Brown veto from the budget? And will he sign the 18 trailer bills, the implementing language of the spending, as well?
After the signing, Brown will head up to Los Angeles for a community celebration hosted by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and the California Latino Legislative Caucus. The event, noon at the Pico House, recognizes Brown's support of legislation helping immigrants and workers, including a landmark bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
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ON THE RADIO: In other gubernatorial news, Brown's Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, will spend the afternoon as guest host on the popular conservative talk radio program The John and Ken Show. Kashkari will interview Republican politicians from across the state, including Ron Nehring, the candidate for lieutenant governor, as well as one Democrat: state superintendent of public instruction challenger Marshall Tuck. The show airs from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on KFI 640 AM.
MAD MONEY: Do lawmakers deserve a pay raise after delivering an on-time budget? The California Citizens Compensation Commission will decide when it meets at 1 p.m. at Sacramento City Hall. With the state's financial outlook improving, the commission seemed open to raising salaries when it last met in March. California's legislators are the highest-paid in the nation, though their compensation remains below pre-recession levels. Last year, the commission approved a a five-percent boost to $95,291 annually, plus per diem.
MARCH FOR DEMOCRACY: A dozen activists with the group 99Rise have marched from Los Angeles to Sacramento over the past month to protest the "corrupting influence of big money in politics." They will arrive at the Capitol on Sunday at 2 p.m., where they will be joined by supporters, including Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, activist Dolores Huerta and recent Secretary of State candidate Derek Cressman, for a rally urging the Legislature to take action. The group also plans to stage a sit-in at the Capitol until lawmakers meet their demands, starting with the passage of several bills that would address the role of money in politics, such as SB 52, which would require political advertisements to display their largest funders.
LET IT GO: Members of the California Innocence Project, a program at the California Western School of Law aimed at overturning wrongful convictions, march from Raley Field to the west steps of the Capitol at noon asking Brown to grant clemency to 12 inmates across the state. Several past exonerees, including former NFL player Brian Banks, will also be in attendance.
GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY: Fresh off his unsuccessful bid for Secretary of State, Dan Schnur will join former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee at the Capitol to introduce a new tool designed to create searchable transcripts of legislative hearings using voice-to-text technology. The public are invited to test the online platform, created by the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 10:30 a.m. in Room 113 of the Capitol.
MOVIN' ON UP: Congratulations to Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, who will be promoted to the rank of Commander in the United States Navy Reserve during a noon ceremony at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme. Gorell joined the Navy Reserve in 1999 after completing law school and has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, including from March 2011 until April 2012, during his first term in the Legislature.
CELEBRATIONS: It's a busy birthday weekend! Best wishes to Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, who is 63 today. An early happy birthday to a trio of Sunday celebrants: Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, turns 61, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, will be 54, and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is 81.
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PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a copy of the signed state budget at the Capitol on June 27, 2013, in Sacramento as Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, left, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, center, and Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, right, celebrate in the background. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling