State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León isn’t the only legislator making the most of the month-long break from official business in Sacramento. While the Los Angeles Democrat leads a delegation of California officials to international climate talks in Peru, a trio of Assembly members from the Bay Area are headed to China on a trade mission.
Assembly members Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, left for Beijing last Friday to promote efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The trip was organized by ChinaSF, an economic development organization that helps Chinese companies establish themselves in San Francisco and vice versa, and Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission.
Closer to home, at least a dozen moderate Democrats will head to a policy retreat in Napa this week, sponsored by the California Issues Forum, a nonprofit that has drawn significant contributions from politically engaged business groups. Attendees will hear from policy experts and meet with representatives from special interests such as health care companies and Realtors.
VIDEO: It would benefit their constituents if California lawmakers took more opportunities to learn about the state and fewer special interest-funded trips abroad, Dan Walters says.
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GIRL POWER: It was a successful election cycle for women in Orange County districts. Four new legislators representing OC districts – Republican state Sens. Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove and Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, Assemblywomen Young Kim of Fullerton and Ling-Ling Chang of Diamond Bar – were just sworn in at the Capitol last week, while Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, is soon headed to Congress and former Sen. Diane Harkey will join the state Board of Equalization in January. The California Women’s Leadership Association, which works to elect fiscally conservative women to office, holds a holiday party fundraiser in their honor, 6 p.m. in Laguna Niguel.
LEVEE ME ALONE: The Delta Stewardship Council holds the first of two public meetings on its new study of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta levees, an effort to update priorities for state investment and reduce the possibility and impact of levee failures, 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg Middle School in Clarksburg.
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