New state Senate leader Kevin de León is rounding out his second month in charge with his first official business abroad as president pro tem. The Los Angeles Democrat is leading a California delegation to Lima, Peru, this weekend, where they’ll be participating in a United Nations conference on climate change through next Friday.
The summit aims to develop the framework for a new international agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change that is expected to be signed at a major meeting in Paris next December. De León will be participating in discussions on pricing carbon emissions and advancing transportation options, as well as in a joint event between California and the Mexican government.
Several Brown administration officials, including Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez, are along for the trip, though the governor himself is not planning to attend. Environmental non-profits the Energy Foundation, the Climate Action Reserve and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund are picking up the tab.
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THE 89TH DAY: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was back in Sacramento three months ago to unveil his official gubernatorial portrait in a high-profile affair. Now the painting – which inspired a lukewarm reception and minor controversy – will finally be hung for the world to enjoy, 9:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Capitol.
RAW DEALS: Missed the Black Friday sales? Perhaps you can find the holiday gift you’re looking for at the state surplus property auction, Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Surplus Property and Reutilization Warehouse on National Drive. The auction, hosted by the Department of General Services, includes old government supplies and items confiscated at airport security checkpoints. The goodies you’ll find this time, which can be previewed today, include snowglobes, neck pillows, gas mask equipment and an ice machine. Jon Ortiz took a look behind the scenes at an auction over the summer.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY: The Capitol holiday concert series closes out its first week with performances from, among others, El Dorado Musical Theater’s “High Voltage” company today, the Sacramento Youth Symphony tomorrow and the Girl Scouts of Sierra Creek on Sunday. Check out the entire schedule for the concert series.
CELEBRATIONS: It’s a double birthday on Sunday. Best wishes to Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who turns 53, and to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, who turns 38.
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