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AM Alert: California politicians pitch ‘one million’ challenges at economic summit

Sustainable management of California’s dwindling water supply is on the 2016 agenda for the California Economic Summit.
Sustainable management of California’s dwindling water supply is on the 2016 agenda for the California Economic Summit. The Associated Press

The California Economic Summit is trying to give state policymakers a new buzz phrase over the next decade: “one million.”

One million more skilled workers, to close a growing degree shortage driven by shifts in technology and educational expectations among industries. One million more homes for middle-income families, as soaring costs once again put buying out of reach for most Californians. And one million more acre-feet of water per year, representing a push for sustainable management of the state’s dwindling supplies.

It’s a tall order, but the summit, organized by California Forward and the California Stewardship Network, has some of the state’s top civic and business leaders on its side as it tries to align policy priorities across disparate regions to “advance shared prosperity.”

At its annual conference, taking place today in Ontario, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Treasurer John Chiang, Controller Betty Yee, University of California President Janet Napolitano and California State University President Timothy White will help lay out the summit’s agenda for 2016. (Secretary of State Alex Padilla was on hand yesterday to welcome attendees.)

THE CONTENDER: Politics isn’t always the easiest place to be a woman, a fact that the California Democratic and Republican parties aimed to highlight last year with their joint “Win Like a Girl” campaign. Among the organizations working to change that dynamic is Capitol Network, which has been connecting and supporting female professionals around Sacramento since 1983. Its latest event is a panel discussion on the 2016 election, 11:30 a.m. at the California Chamber of Commerce on K Street, featuring women from the top of their fields, including California Republican Party executive director Cynthia Bryant, California Democratic Party chief financial officer Angie Tate, and SEIU Local 1000 political director Alma Hernandez.

STAND AND DELIVER: Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature education initiative has been the local control funding formula, a new approach to school budgets that gives districts more money to serve low-income children, English learners and students in foster care. How are school leaders adjusting in the program’s second year? Researchers with Policy Analysis for California Education recently completed a case study of implementation at a handful of districts and will present their findings, 11:30 a.m. at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

BLOW-UP: For all its troubles, the new span of the Bay Bridge, which opened in 2013, is here to stay, which means we must bid farewell to the old one. Construction crews are gradually disassembling the structure in a massive project that will last through 2018, and they have now reached the largest of the old span’s 21 underwater foundations, a 20-million pound concrete behemoth that stretches 175 feet beneath the bay floor. The plan is to detonate the pier tomorrow at 1 p.m. in an implosion that will last about six seconds. A livestream of the blast will be available.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, who turns 50 today, and Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Manhattan Beach, who will be 51 tomorrow.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff