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AM Alert: Insiders predict California politics

Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters at the end of a meeting on the drought, with agricultural, environmental and urban water agency leaders from across California at his Capitol office on April 8, 2015. At right is Brown's Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden.
Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters at the end of a meeting on the drought, with agricultural, environmental and urban water agency leaders from across California at his Capitol office on April 8, 2015. At right is Brown's Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden. AP

From efforts to tackle climate change to the fate of ambitious projects like high-speed rail or the Delta tunnels, forecasts for future California policy fights will be on the agenda during a Public Policy Institute of California event today.

Organizers are keeping the topics open-ended, but the credentials of speakers should ensure a lively discussion. First up is top Gov. Jerry Brown aide Nancy McFadden, followed by a panel that includes Democratic Sens. Loni Hancock and Carol Liu, former Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and California Republican Party chair Jim Brulte. Starting at noon at the J street Sheraton Grand.

CHRISTIFIED: Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will be in Atherton today scaring up cash for a campaign that has yet to catch fire, attending a reception at the home of fellow Republican gubernatorial aspirant and Christie finance team co-chair Meg Whitman.

WORKING PAINS: Latino workers account for a disproportionate share of workplace injuries and fatalities. Today an Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment hearing will examine why, drawing upon witnesses like Los Angeles Labor Fed boss Maria Elena Durazo, Amy Coombe of the California Department of Industrial Relations and an array of advocates and experts. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan State Building Auditorium in Los Angeles.

CAP IT: As we noted the other day, California’s humming cap-and-trade system is generating billions for climate programs from the sale of emissions permits. Today the Air Resources Board will be offering an update on the program, talking about their progress on an imperative to drastically lower emissions levels by 2030 and providing an update on an eventful legislative year that produced changes to the regulator’s structure. Starting at 9 a.m. at 1001 I Street.

TOOTHSOME: State-funded dental care has offered ammunition for budget fights and more recently prompted questions about uneven access. Today providers will talk about potential solutions for Denti-Cal’s woes during a hearing hosted by the Little Hoover Commission. Things kick off at 9 a.m. in room 437 of the Capitol.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, who turns a ripe 61 today.

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

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