Are you following The Bee’s coverage of the international climate summit in Paris? David Siders has been sending updates from across the pond all weekend, including a deep look at how the issue of climate change came to shape Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy.
Brown, perhaps now the state’s leading climate change evangelist, prepared for months for this trip to promote California’s aggressive action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. After a delayed start last week, he has a very busy day planned, with six public appearances scheduled.
By the time you read this, he will have already participated in a discussion with billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer about the state’s efforts, given keynote remarks at an event hosted by the French ambassador to the U.S. celebrating climate leadership by American states, and joined with Chinese officials to highlight their pact on air pollution mitigation and clean technology.
Later, he will join with governors from Washington state, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, and Peru, and the mayors of Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver and Oakland for a dialogue on regions and cities that are adopting their own emissions reduction targets. A second roundtable with Steyer and California business leaders on private-sector climate action follows in the evening.
DRINK UP: Third time’s the charm? After unsuccessfully introducing legislation for the past two years that would label sugar-sweetened beverages, Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, may be laying the groundwork to take on the issue once again. Along with the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, he is sponsoring a briefing today on obesity, Type 2 diabetes and “innovative policy solutions to address these epidemics by reducing sugary drink consumption.,” 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Capitol.
CANDLES IN THE WIND: The Capitol Christmas tree is lit, and now it’s time for the menorah to join the holiday fun. Hanukkah began last night, so the Chabad of Sacramento is set to host its 21st annual lighting of the candelabrum, featuring live music and doughnuts, 5:30 p.m. on the west steps of the Capitol. There’s some debate among the Jewish community about the appropriateness of the public celebration, but over the years, the event has drawn notable guests including Gov. Jerry Brown and Yiddish-speaking former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who turns 64 today, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, who is 39.