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AM Alert: Jerry Brown touts Prop. 39 with Tom Steyer, Kevin de León

Billionaire Tom Steyer, the chief financier behind the Proposition 39 campaign, and Sen. Kevin de Leon discuss a proposed bill to fund energy efficiency projects at California schools on Dec. 4, 2012.
Billionaire Tom Steyer, the chief financier behind the Proposition 39 campaign, and Sen. Kevin de Leon discuss a proposed bill to fund energy efficiency projects at California schools on Dec. 4, 2012. AP

With all the dissection of how Proposition 30 mended California’s budget and whether it gets extended, another successful 2012 proposition can go unheralded at times.

Not today. Gov. Jerry Brown will be touting the energy efficiency-promoting Proposition 39 alongside Tom Steyer, the environmentally driven Democratic megadonor who backed the initiative, and recently elevated Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

Proposition 39 altered how corporations calculate their tax loads and then redirects the proceeds to energy efficiency upgrades at schools and other structures. De León has been a heavy promoter of the initiative and used his first policy speech as Senate leader to declare energy efficiency projects a priority. He’ll be joining Brown and Steyer to highlight how an influx of money has benefited John Marshall High School in Los Angeles.

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SENIORITY: Even our oldest-in-the-nation governor can’t beat these folks for cumulative experience. Senior Californians will again be taking over the state Capitol this week for the annual Senior Legislature. The delegates of course can’t pass actual laws, but this is a bloc of voters that tends to be well informed and to turn out to the polls (or did you think all of those campaign ads about MediCare were a coincidence?), so the priorities adopted by Senior Legislature dignitaries could well resurface in real legislation.

RACE FOR THE CURES: Drugs and doctors are two topics that have gotten ample attention lately thanks to Proposition 46’s requirements that physicians undergo drug testing and consult a state-run prescription drug database before disseminating certain drugs. The latter piece has been assailed by Proposition 46 opponents who – misleadingly – question the security of the state drug database, called the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System. Today the State Board of Pharmacy will get a more thorough look at how CURES is doing during a meeting in Anaheim.

FROM THE STREETS: California’s roads are heading in a bad direction, according to a new survey of the state’s infrastructure. Compiled by the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and various regional transportation agencies, roads are deteriorating and locals are increasingly short the money needed to pay for upgrades to the tune of a $7.3 billion shortfall. The so-called “pavement condition index” for local streets and roads has declined to an average of 66 (out of 100) and is projected to dip into the mid 50s by 2024 without a huge funding commitment, the report says.

VIETNAM MEMORIAL: Who gets honored in war? That was the emotionally charged question underpinning a new law that will allow the state to add names to the Vietnam Memorial in Capitol Park – including those who died outside of combat zones. The committee overseeing the process will consider new names during a 10 a.m. meeting in room 444.

DELTA FORCE: Any discussion of California’s statewide water politics has to include the indispensable but ecologically fragile Bay Delta region. Water experts will be diving into the science over the next few days during a Bay Delta Science Conference at the convention center, with California Department of Fish and Wildlife head Chuck Bonham scheduled to speak today.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who celebrates his 49th, and Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, who turns 69.

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