Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been busy crushing things with his tank since he left office almost four years ago, but today he’ll return to Sacramento for the first time to debut his gubernatorial portrait.
Schwarzenegger will be joined by Gov. Jerry Brown for the official unveiling ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda at 1 p.m. Few details about the portrait have emerged – rumor has it Austrian-Irish painter Gottfried Helnwein finished it two years ago – though it’s unlikely to be as sensational as Brown’s first, famously modern take.
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TOTAL RECALL: Schwarzenegger is also in town for “Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From California,” a symposium hosted by his USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board and the environmental non-profit R20-Regions of Climate Action. The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cal/EPA Headquarters on I Street, will review California’s work in addressing climate change ahead of United Nations conferences in Lima and Paris over the next two years. Environmental policy – particularly AB 32, which established California’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions – is perhaps Schwarzenegger’s signature acomplishment as governor.
Mary Nichols, chair of the Air Resources Board; State Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles; Lisa Jackson, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and actor Ed Begley, Jr., are among the other boldfaced names scheduled to participate in the symposium. Brown, who has also made fighting climate change a focus of his administration, delivers the closing remarks.
THE LAST STAND: If it felt to you like this was a particularly active legislative session, that’s because it was: 1,074 bills made it to the governor’s desk this year, the most since Brown returned to office in 2011. (Two years ago, for example, he had to work through 996.) Brown has already taken action on about 300 of them, according to the governor’s office, so expect a busy month as he decides what to do with more than 750 remaining bills before the Sept. 30 deadline. Jeremy B. White has a rundown of the major legislation to watch for in the weeks ahead.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, who turns 69 today.