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AM Alert: Jerry Brown continues climate advocacy at China summit

Gov. Jerry Brown, right, speaks during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican on July 22, 2015.
Gov. Jerry Brown, right, speaks during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican on July 22, 2015. The Associated Press

What’s a governor to do when he’s just suffered defeat on a signature climate initiative? Why, intensify his zeal to the maximum degree.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who failed to corral legislative support this year for a 50 percent reduction in gasoline use, will deliver keynote remarks at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles this morning. This first meeting of a new working group results from an agreement between the two countries announced last November that would see the U.S. cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than a quarter over the next decade as China aims to peak its carbon dioxide emissions around 2030.

Brown has transformed himself in recent years into an international political voice for addressing climate change, and he is pushing to coalesce support for carbon reduction policies ahead of global climate talks in Paris this December. Over the summer, he attended a summit in Toronto and made dire warnings about human extinction during a conference at the Vatican.

COOPERACIÓN INTERNACIONAL: A group of Democratic lawmakers is currently taking a brief jaunt south of the border courtesy of the Council of State Governments-West. Assemblymen Jose Medina of Riverside, Luis Alejo of Watsonville, Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles, Eduardo Garcia of Coachella and Roger Hernández of West Covina traveled to Mexico City Monday to discuss student exchanges, tourism, the arts, and climate change with Mexican officials. The visit, which continues through tomorrow, includes meetings with the U.S. Embassy, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of Economic Development, and Casa de California, a hub of the University of California.

MIND THE GAP: Conversations about improving college access for minority students rarely focus on Asian Americans, who are often characterized as high-achieving myth-busters of the need for affirmative action. But those stereotypes don’t account stark differences in degree attainment between ethnic communities (e.g. 70 percent of Indian adults in California have a college education, compared to 10 percent of Laotians), a major point in the Campaign for College Opportunity’s new report, released today, on the state of higher education in California for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. As a first step in addressing those disparities, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, pursued a bill this year requiring the state’s higher education and health agencies to release disaggregated data on Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander subgroups; it is currently on the governor’s desk.

BACK TO WORK: With a protracted labor dispute and slowdown at West Coast ports finally resolved, it’s time for California lawmakers to get reacquainted with the industry. The Assembly Select Committee on Ports hosts an introductory session at 9 a.m. at the Port of Los Angeles, the country’s busiest.

A VISIT FROM THE STORK: Congratulations to Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, and his wife, Jonnie, who welcomed a new daughter, Ya’Ash Rene, on Friday. According to Williams, Ya’Ash is the Navajo word for Heaven, and Rene was given as a middle name to honor his grandfather.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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