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AM Alert: Jerry Brown warms up for Paris with climate summit

California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, speaks to reporters with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, speaks to reporters with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. AP

With a global climate change conclave in Paris just weeks away, Gov. Jerry Brown continues to compile a resume he can submit as evidence of California’s initiative on the issue.

Today, Brown will be addressing a University of California summit on climate change solutions at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the stated goal of which is to “arm participants with concrete, actionable solutions that can help influence dialogue and direction” in Paris. Underscoring the worldly context is a planned Q&A with Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Program.

University officials and experts will get to highlight both their research and how campuses are going green, with the roster including UC president Janet Napolitano and the chancellors of UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside and UC San Diego. Also landing speaker spots are Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and former Assemblywoman and Senate hopeful Nancy Skinner.

OUT OF SERVICE: Your reading this probably means you don’t live in a part of California with spotty Internet access, but that problem is sufficiently widespread that there’s a state council and an Assembly Committee dedicated to closing the “digital divide” cutting rural Californians off from the web. Today the Assembly panel will examine where things stand, with witnesses including California Department of Technology head Carlos Ramos, members of the broadband council and various telecommunications industry folks.

GROUNDED: California’s much-heralded groundwater laws will take years to kick in, and an event in Sacramento today marks a stop on the long road to implementation. The State Water Resources Control Board is holding a public workshop on what the rules will mean at the CalEPA building today.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, who turns 63 today.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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