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AM Alert: Toni Atkins, Kevin de León share legislative visions

It’s been a year for leadership changes under the dome: San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins assumed the Assembly speakership in May, while Los Angeles Democrat Kevin de León is scheduled to take over as the state Senate President Pro Tem this month.

What will the Legislature look like under their charge? Atkins and de León join Public Policy Institute of California President Mark Baldassare for a conversation about their leadership priorities and the issues they think lawmakers should address next session, noon at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on J Street.

Atkins has previously mentioned building more affordable housing and reducing homelessness as her personal priority. When he was voted the next Senate leader in June, de León said his focus was helping Democrats restore their two-thirds supermajority in the upper house.

VIDEO: After the disastrous construction of the new Bay Bridge, Dan Walters wonders whether California is capable of undertaking major infrastructure projects such as high-speed rail and the Delta water tunnels.

EX OFFICIO: As for the former legislative leadership, termed-out Assemblyman John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, will be at UC Berkeley at 4 p.m. to discuss California’s changing electorate and how Democrats achieved that supermajority with the Institute of Governmental Studies.

TOUR OF DUTY: Vice President Joe Biden arrives in California today for a series of political events, including a Tuesday campaign stop in Bakersfield for Amanda Renteria, the Democratic challenger to freshman Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. While it looks to be an uphill battle for Renteria, national Democrats are hoping for a pickup in the district this November.

TALKING POINTS: ‘Tis the season for political debates. Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Encino, squares off with Republican Susan Shelley, whom he narrowly defeated in a special election last fall, at a local forum tonight in Northridge. In a much-watched intraparty showdown, longtime Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, and his Silicon Valley-backed challenger Ro Khanna are set for likely their only debate of the contentious race, which will be broadcast live from San Jose at 6:30 p.m.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Who’s raking in the campaign cash as election season heats up? The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert Insider Edition app has got you covered. Our new interactive campaign finance tool is updated daily with contribution filings and independent expenditures, as well as running lists of the top donors, recipients, independent expenditure contests and committees. The Insider Edition app is available for download in the iTunes and Google Play stores for mobile and tablet devices. For a district-by-district look, check out Capitol Alert’s legislative election page.

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