The clock is ticking.
Today is the last day for bills to be introduced in the current session, and it’s clear that journalists aren’t the only people in the Capitol who understand deadline pressure.
Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has something in the works related to police transparency. Meanwhile, Sen. Loni Hancock is prepping a four-bill package to make it tougher to export coal from her home district in Oakland.
Expect at least a few more on hot-button issues and other more nuanced interest-driven ideas. June 3rd is the last day for bills to move beyond their house of origin.
VIDEO OF THE DAY: KVIE airs documentary on one of California’s first black lawmakers.
FEINSTEIN: U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein will speak at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on J Street at 11:45 a.m. today. Accompanied by PPIC President Mark Baldassare, the veteran lawmaker will discuss key issues facing the state and nation.
POVERTY: Critical of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan, a coalition of health and consumer advocates plan to call out “meager” investments in programs to fight poverty at a briefing in Los Angeles on Friday. The Health and Human Services Network intends to draw attention to the need to divert more money to childcare, developmentally disabled, seniors and other programs for low-income or disadvantaged communities, which the group says have lost $15 billion in funding since 2008. The briefing starts at 10 a.m. at the SEIU Local 721 building.
PATS ON THE BACK: A collection of legislators plans to publicly commend community activists who pushed for the governor’s $176.6 million plan to clean up areas around the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. The battery recycling facility shuttered in 2014 and lead dust has been found in areas within a 1.7 mile radius of the site. Democratic leaders, including Senate President pro tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, among others, plan to attend the press conference at 11:30 a.m. at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Los Angeles.
BOOKER: In a talk Friday night in San Francisco, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, will reflect on his personal experiences in politics with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The event is part of the Inforum speaker series from The Commonwealth Club and begins at 7 p.m. at The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.
CELEBRATIONS: Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, turns 49 on Friday. Former Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal of Long Beach celebrates her 76th birthday.