Education, energy and the border crisis are the big topics for day two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s trip to Mexico.
Brown will meet with Mexico’s Ministry of Education and Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell this morning, signing “memorandums of understanding” between California and Mexico on higher education and energy issues. He signed a similar environmental pact yesterday, agreeing to work with Mexican officials to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Later in the day, Brown will meet Raúl Cervantes Andrade, the president of the Mexican Senate, attend a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, and discuss immigration with José Horacio Gómez, the Mexican-born archbishop of Los Angeles, and other religious and diplomatic leaders from Central America.
The surge of illegal border crossings by young migrants was among the subjects Brown addressed yesterday in a private meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Brown was critical of American response to the situation, which has become a political firestorm, urging leaders to heed the “religious call...to welcome the stranger.”
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VIDEO: With Brown away in Mexico, Dan Walters takes a look back at how acting governors have fared in the past.
EXTRA CREDIT: The Legislature doesn’t return for session until next week, but several committees are getting an early start with hearings today. The Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol to discuss how the state can improve its procurement of information technology. Down in Los Angeles, the Assembly Select Committee On Mental And Behavioral Health And the Assembly Select Committee On Justice Reinvestment will have a joint hearing on interactions between law enforcement and people with mental illnesses, an issue that generated headlines after an incident involving a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this month, 10 a.m. at the Southern Missionary Baptist Church on West Adams Blvd.
CIO SEARCH: After losing chief investment officer Joseph Dear to prostate cancer in February, CalPERS is beginning its hunt for a replacement. The search committee will meet for the first time, 10 a.m. at Lincoln Plaza North on Q Street, to review its initial candidate pool and determine the interview process and schedule.
STOP THE TUNNELS: With the public comment period for the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan coming to a close, the activist group Restore the Delta will hold a rally against the proposed twin tunnels that would carry water beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta to Southern California, 11:30 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.
GOUDA MORNING: Do you smell that wafting from the Sacramento Convention Center? It’s the American Cheese Society, which is in town for the next four days for its annual industry convention. Cheese makers had a big presence at the Capitol last year too, when a proposal to raise the price of processing milk used to make cheese led to a showdown with the dairy industry. That bill from Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, ultimately died in the appropriations committee.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, who turns 39 today.