After delaying his departure for a day to visit San Bernardino, where a mass shooting on Wednesday claimed the lives of 14 people, Gov. Jerry Brown is getting his long-awaited trip to France back on track.
Brown is now expected to arrive on Saturday for nearly a week of events at the international summit outside Paris to negotiate a new climate pact. He has been preparing for months for the conference, where he will play a supporting role promoting California’s aggressive action on greenhouse gas emissions, a major legacy issue for him in his fourth and final term. Brown will be joined by a sizable contingent from the state that includes former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and six other Democratic lawmakers.
Though he missed a speaking engagement today with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Brown still has a busy schedule to look forward to, with at least 20 more appearances slated over the next five days. They include a screening of a new climate change documentary with legendary conservationist Jane Goodall, a roundtable with California business leaders and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, and a ceremony for new signatories of a memorandum of understanding to keep the increase in the average global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius.
The Bee’s David Siders is on the ground in Paris to bring you all the action from Brown’s trip. Stay tuned to Capitol Alert for updates.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: Missed Black Friday? Well, just in time for Hanukkah, the state Department of General Services is holding its quarterly surplus property auction. A preview of available items begins at 8 a.m. at the Surplus Property and Reutilization Warehouse on National Drive. At the auction, Saturday at 10 a.m., you could pickup a Rolex watch ($1,200 reserve; presumably real). Or, maybe you’re in the market for a night vision monocular spotting scope? There also will be plenty of pocket knives, laptops and a raft of costume jewelry.
GET INTO THE GROOVE: We didn’t get much of a Christmas tree lighting this year, but the Capitol will not be completely without holiday cheer. The music program in the rotunda continues today with High Voltage, El Dorado’s youth theater company, at 11 a.m. and the Cosumnes River College Chamber Singers at noon. If you need to relax after your auction shopping, more than five hours of concerts are scheduled for Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk, who turns 79 today.