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AM Alert: Kristin Olsen pushes schools overhaul at Sacramento Press Club

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, speaks as the Legislature votes on the budget on June 15, 2014.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, speaks as the Legislature votes on the budget on June 15, 2014. The Sacramento Bee file

Since taking over as leader of the Assembly Republican Caucus in November, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Riverbank has been tasked with showing that California’s minority party, slightly rejuvenated after climbing back from a historic low point this election cycle, can still play a meaningful role in a Capitol dominated by Democrats.

“Our goal,” she told The Bee in December, “is to incrementally bring more balance back to the state Legislature and to have a Legislature that’s more reflective of all Californians.”

Her focus has been promoting economic growth and education, including a package of bills overhauling the state’s teacher tenure and dismissal laws, which were declared unconstitutional in a controversial court ruling last June.

Olsen will discuss that #GreatSchools4CA campaign, as well as her personal story and leadership vision, during a visit to the Sacramento Press Club, noon at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom on 9th Street. She will also announce new government transparency legislation, aimed at promoting fiscal discipline and rooting out public corruption, just in time for Sunshine Week.

VIDEO: Legislative oversight is on the menu as lawmakers roast state agencies they don’t believe are doing very well, Dan Walters says.

MR. HOLLYWOOD: Just a month after his last visit west, President Barack Obama is back in California to raise money for the Democratic Party. Obama will arrive in Los Angeles this afternoon for a $33,400-per-couple “roundtable discussion” to support the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 election efforts, according to the Los Angeles Times. Before leaving Friday morning, he will also make an appearance on ABC’s late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!

BLOWING YOUR MIND: How does the metaphorical language we use affect how we think about climate change, the economy and crime? Lera Boroditsky, an associate professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego, discusses her research, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

CARE FOR ALL: Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new community health center, offering checkups and dental exams for students and the neighborhood, 10 a.m. at Hiram Johnson High School.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblymen Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, who turns 38, and Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, who turns 56 today.

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