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AM Alert: Toni Atkins headlines women’s policy summit

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, walks with her spouse Jennifer LeSar after she was elected Speaker on Dec. 1, 2014 at the Capitol.
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, walks with her spouse Jennifer LeSar after she was elected Speaker on Dec. 1, 2014 at the Capitol.

Last year, state-supported child care and expanded early education topped the list of budget priorities for the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. The caucus will lead a discussion on new policy goals for “advancing women’s health, wealth and power” during a day-long summit hosted by the California Center for Research on Women and Families, starting at 9 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, moderates an opening session on welfare and low-income families, to be followed by a panel on women in the workplace moderated by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, the caucus chair. Later sessions focus on women’s and girls’ health, and domestic violence and sexual assault.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will deliver a keynote address at noon on “keeping the California dream alive for women and working famillies.” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is scheduled to offer closing remarks.

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LET’S GET BETTER TOMORROW: LGBT advocacy group Equality California Institute is pushing lawmakers to deal with health disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including disproportionate rates of suicide, poverty, homelessness and lack of insurance. The organization will convene a meeting with Sens. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, Assembly members Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and community activists such as Dolores Huerta, 10 a.m. at the SEIU California Headquarters on K Street.

BRING ON THE REPORTS: Next week marks the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government could not restrict the political spending of corporations and other associations. Consumer group CALPIRG plans to release a study on the impact of big-money donors on House races in last November’s election, 10 a.m. on the west side of the Capitol. The Environmental Defense Fund is also dropping an updated report on California’s cap-and-trade program and how it performed in its second year, 10 a.m. via webinar.

FOR THE PET LOVERS: Big Heart Pet Brands hosts a “pet care education day” at 11:30 a.m. on north lawn of the Capitol. The event promotes responsible pet ownership, with information on teeth cleaning and feeding, and cats and dogs from local animal shelters available for adoption. Don’t miss Tillman the Bulldog, the “fastest skateboarding dog”!

A NIGHT AT THE STATE LIBRARY: From 1864 to 1869, photographer Alfred A. Hart documented the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad from Sacramento to Promontory, Utah. Historian Mead Kibbey will present a slide show of Hart’s original glass plate stereographs, 6 p.m. at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building on Capitol Mall.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, who turns 58 today.

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