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AM Alert: Kevin de León, California officials push renewable energy

rpench@sacbee.com

It may not draw the crowds like certain issues this session, but promoting clean energy production sits atop the agenda for Senate leadership and for Gov. Jerry Brown. Affected interest groups have taken notice. Vaccinations attract the constituents, but renewable energy brings out the elected officials.

Witness the roster for the Los Angeles Business Council’s summit today on “environmental and economic sustainability.” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles will be there, as will top environmental Dem Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills. California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols is scheduled to speak, as are Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, state Treasurer John Chiang and California Public Utilities Commission head Michael Picker.

That’s not counting the range of utility and business groups that will be represented at the confab. They’ll be bending the ears of public officials during the daylong event at the Getty Center in LA today.

KEEPING IT REALTORS: Also high on leadership’s wish list is an affordable housing package being championed by Assembly Speaker and longtime housing advocate Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. Atkins addressed the California Association of Realtors on Wednesday, and the group’s leadership is now in meetings anticipated to produce a position on Assembly Bill 1335, which would fund affordable housing with a real estate transaction fee. The realtors opposed a similar, unsuccessful measure last year.

H2APP: With the drought pushing water wonks to find ways to get the most pop for their drop (yes, I stole that phrase from water board chairwoman Felicia Marcus), does California’s innovation hub have any ideas? The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is cosponsoring a seminar today on what Silicon Valley has cooking and how the region is coping with a drought scorching them along with the rest of California. Speakers will include San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Public Policy Institute of California water guru Ellen Hanak and California Water Service Group head Martin Kropelnicki.

BE PREPARED: If the earth starts a-rumblin’ staff shouldn’t be grumblin’. They should be following the procedures they’ll get to practice during an emergency/earthquake preparedness drill at the state Capitol today. Yes, it could require an evacuation.

CELEBRATIONS: An early happy birthday to Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, who turns 57 on Saturday, and to Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, who turns 41 on Sunday.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.

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