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AM Alert: Dickinson, Pan out and about as election nears

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, announces legislation to help protect communities from rail accidents involving crude oil on April 17, 2014.
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, announces legislation to help protect communities from rail accidents involving crude oil on April 17, 2014.

In the close Dem-on-Dem battle to replace state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg in the redrawn 6th Senate District, Assembly members Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan are increasingly taking to the community to raise their profiles with local voters.

In the past week, Pan has moderated a panel on women’s health care at Sacramento State and appeared at fire stations in Sacramento and Elk Grove to promote a law he authored to help them apply for federal grants. Dickinson, meanwhile, will be at a press conference this morning announcing that the state has closed escrow on a site for the new Sacramento Superior Court, a project for which Dickinson helped secure additional state funding.

The event, 10:15 a.m. at the downtown railyards near the 6th Street Bridge, also includes Steinberg and Rep. Doris Matsui, two of Dickinson’s most prominent supporters, which could provide him a useful boost in a race where he trails in fundraising – he’s raised $151,000 since August 1, compared to Pan’s $193,000 – and especially in independent expenditures.

Groups representing doctors, dentists, Realtors and labor unions have spent more than $1.2 million this year to benefit Pan or oppose Dickinson, while optometrists, plaintiffs attorneys and environmental groups have spent more than $300,000 support Dickinson or opposing Pan.

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I’LL BE BACK: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have returned to acting since he left office in 2011, but he hasn’t given up the fight on climate change, arguably the signature political legacy of his two terms. Schwarzenegger will be in Paris today for the World Summit of Regions for Climate, co-hosted by his nonprofit organization R20 Regions of Climate Action, a gathering of government and business leaders ahead of global climate talks in France next year.

SAFE SPACE: President Barack Obama is in the Los Angeles area today, his fifth swing through California this year. The trip includes his typical array of Democratic fundraisers – including one last night at the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow – but the big news is that he plans to designate a portion of the San Gabriel Mountains, which loom behind Los Angeles, as a national monument. The Washington Post reports that Latino groups have long lobbied for the declaration, which will protect a critical green space in a largely Latino area of the state and which serves as part of Obama’s ongoing efforts to expand the cultural diversity of the national monument portfolio.

THE LONG MARCH: The 16th Assembly District in the East Bay was the most expensive legislative race of the primary, with more than $4 million in outside spending from labor unions and business groups pouring into the tight intraparty fight between Democrats Tim Sbranti and Steve Glazer. Support from the California Teachers Association and others ultimately helped lift Sbranti over his rival, and he now faces Republican Catharine Baker in another competitive contest in the general. They’re in the midst of a series of seven debates, including one this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Shadow Hills Cabana in Danville.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Several state and local institutions are participating in California Archives Month to highlight the importance of historical documents. On Saturday, they’ll host an entertainment and leisure-themed “Sacramento Archives Crawl,” featuring artifacts from California vacation spots, sports teams, musicians and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the California State Library on N Street, the California State Archives on O Street, the Center for Sacramento History on Pacific Boulevard and the Sacramento Public Library on I Street.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who turns 47 today.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.