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RogerHernandez4.JPGAssemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, and Teamsters President Jim Hoffa hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on the south steps of the Capitol to discuss legislation that would make companies fully responsible for temporary employees brought in by a labor contractor.

The bill is co-sponsored by the California Labor Federation, which alleges that companies are attempting to circumvent workplace safety and compensation standards by using staffing agencies to supply "temporary" workers for full-time positions instead of hiring them.

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE: As part of its mission to develop and promote alternative and renewable fuel sources and advanced transportation technologies, the California Energy Commission must every two years assess how its investments are helping California meets its climate change policy goals. The commission continues its annual update of the state's Integrated Energy Policy Report with a public workshop on the metrics it uses in its program evaluations, 10 a.m. at the California Energy Commission building on 9th Street.

A BEAUTIFUL MIND: How the brain works largely remains a mystery, but scientists are hoping that efforts to map the organ could finally crack the code. Ralph Greenspan, director of the Center for Brain Activity Mapping at UC San Diego, and William J. McGinnis, a professor of cell and development biology, will discuss how projects like the Obama administration's BRAIN Initiative could change our understanding of the human mind and provide an economic boon to California, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

PHOTO: Assemblyman Roger Hernández listens to colleagues at the Capitol on Jan. 10, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton



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