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AM Alert: California senators trek to Mexico

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D) Los Angeles, left, and Jose Mendoza prepare to drive away in a Toyota Prius on the west steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D) Los Angeles, left, and Jose Mendoza prepare to drive away in a Toyota Prius on the west steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. rbenton@sacbee.com

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is leading a Senate Office of International Relations trip to Mexico today.

Joining him are several senators, including Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, Marty Block, D-San Diego, Isadore Hall, D-Compton, Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens and Bill Monning, D-Carmel.

Topics for the trip include climate change and economic development.

“[O]ur fortunes are linked, and it’s important for our state to collaborate with our neighbors to the South,” de León said via email.

In Mexico City today, the senators will meet with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne. In Toluca, Mexico, they will talk to Eruviel Villegas, the governor of the state of Mexico.

HEADING TOWARD 2016: Carly Fiorina, a Republican Presidential candidate, speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in the Simi Valley today at 6 p.m.

Fiorina, bested in a run for U.S. Senate in California in 2010, has worked to frame herself as an outsider candidate. Conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh, have praised her for her pro-life stance and for going on the offensive against Hillary Clinton.

Fiorina is speaking to a sold-out event at the library on Sino-American relations. A spokesperson for her campaign said she also has fundraising stops planned in California.

TAKING THE HEAT: The California Public Utilities Commission is hosting a workshop on adapting to climate change in its San Francisco auditorium. The agenda says commission members and speakers will discuss ways to “avoid, manage or reduce the consequences of a hotter, drier and more extreme climate and to take advantage of the opportunities that such changes may generate.”

The workshop comes just after Gov. Jerry Brown spoke at a Vatican conference on climate change, saying “we’ll do all the adaptation,” including measures to cope with sea-level rise. But if carbon emissions aren’t slowed, he said, global warming could be a matter of “extinction.”

CELEBRATIONS: Happy Birthday to Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, who was 61 Sunday.

Andrew Holzman: 916-326-5545, @andrewlholzman

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