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AM Alert: Kevin de León heads to London for climate change mini-tour

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, left, and Jose Mendoza prepare to drive away in a Toyota Prius on the west steps of the Capitol on May 27, 2015.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, left, and Jose Mendoza prepare to drive away in a Toyota Prius on the west steps of the Capitol on May 27, 2015. The Sacramento Bee file

Fresh off a trip to Australia to study drought response, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is breaking out his passport again.

The Los Angeles Democrat is in London today, spreading the gospel of Senate Bill 350 and the state’s other clean energy initiatives ahead of December’s international climate talks in Paris, where he will join Gov. Jerry Brown as part of a California delegation.

De León is set to meet with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd and serve as a keynote speaker at a conference on energy storage organized by the electric power company AES Corporation. After leading a roundtable discussion hosted by the Aldersgate Group, which promotes the economic viability of environmental policies, he will address members of Parliament through Globe International, a network of lawmakers focused on sustainable development.

“The California story is one of leadership,” De León said in a statement. “Much can be gained by applying our accomplishments to a global strategy to save our climate, and making sure the world knows California is the best place for clean energy investment.”

De León is traveling to London alone and paying for the trip himself, according to his office.

DEATH OR GLORY: Following in the footsteps of Louisiana, North Carolina, Iowa and thirteen other states, California is introducing a new program that will allow residents to dedicate their vote in honor of a veteran or an active member of the military. Secretary of State Alex Padilla will join veterans and state military officials to launch “Honor Veterans. Vote,” 10 a.m. at the All Wars Memorial in Capitol Park. Other states have created certificates, bumper stickers and pins that display who is being honored with the vote.

LOST IN THE SUPERMARKET: Food insecurity, budget cuts to state assistance, an agricultural industry crippled by severe drought – California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross has plenty of big issues on her plate right now. She’ll discuss them during a talk at noon at UC Berkeley.

THE RIGHT PROFILE: The California Office of Health Information Integrity hosts a two-day conference examining how data and technology are making health care more personal, and how those changes can be used to make it better and cheaper too, starting at noon at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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