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AM Alert: California Roast dishes up Toni Atkins

What’s so funny, Speaker Atkins?
What’s so funny, Speaker Atkins? The Sacramento Bee file

The California Center for Civic Participation has a big catch for its annual California Roast: Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, whose reputation will be proverbially cooked, 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, to raise money for the center’s youth education programs.

Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, serves as master of ceremonies, and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen will provide opening remarks before state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, and former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez each take a turn at the dais.

Atkins is seventh Speaker to be roasted since the event began thirty years ago. Her predecessor, Pérez, put himself on the flames in 2011.

IN LIVING COLOR: The death of unarmed black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore and other cities over the past year has catapulted the issue of racial disparities in law enforcement into the national spotlight. Against that backdrop, the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color will unveil its policy priorities for the session, 9:30 a.m. in Room 1190 of the Capitol, to be immediately followed by a hearing on community safety and police accountability, 10 a.m. in Room 126. Assemblymen Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, lead the committee.

NATIONAL GALLERY: More than 40 local high school students submitted pieces for this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, will host an exhibition featuring their work and announce the winner, to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol starting in June, 3:30 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum.

Alexei Koseff: (916) 321-5236, @akoseff

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