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AM Alert: Jerry Brown burnishes climate change credentials at UN summit

Gov. Jerry Brown, who has positioned himself as a climate-change leader in California, is taking his message to the international stage with a pair of speaking engagements today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

The meeting brings together global heads of state in advance of international climate talks in Paris next year. Brown will participate in a forum at 1:30 p.m. EDT on carbon pricing in the private sector and a panel at 5:30 p.m. EDT on efforts to cut carbon emissions at the city level. All sessions will be webcast.

Brown has repeatedly pressed for action on climate change and made it a central tenet of his administration, though his support of hydraulic fracutiring has caused some rifts with environmentalists.

In the past four years, Brown has signed agreements to combat climate change as part of economic accords with leaders from countries including Mexico and China, and he has remained committed to expanding California’s cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels, despite growing opposition from some members of his own party in recent months.

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COVERED CALIFORNIA CON: Nearly a year into the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, what does health care look like in California? Capitol Weekly and the UC Center host state officials, business represenatives and researchers for a day-long conference to explore the financial, political and consumer impacts of Covered California, starting at 9 a.m. at the Masonic Temple on J Street. State Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana Dooley, who also chairs the Covered California board, delivers the key note address at noon.

TURNING TEN: In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63, which increased the tax rate for the wealthiest taxpayers to fund an expansion of mental health services at the county level. The Little Hoover Commission, the independent state oversight agency, will conduct a public hearing to review accountability mechanisms for the additional funding and its effect on services a decade later, 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol.

The Assembly Health Committee will also hold an oversight hearing to discuss the effect of the Affordable Care Act on Medi-Cal, 10 a.m. in Room 447.

EASY RIDER: As California pushes to expand the use of electric vehicles, geographic data tools could help make them more feasible for cities and accessible to customers. Researchers from the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center discuss two programs they’ve developed at a seminar hosted by the California Research Bureau, noon at the California State Library on 9th Street.

BATTLE ROYALE: Plans are now set for a debate between Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and Republican challenger Doug Ose on Oct. 8. Find out more about how you can attend at We’re asking readers to help us develop the questions that the candidates will be asked. To submit a question, email

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, who turns 37 today.

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