Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Women’s issues top California Capitol agenda

Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, receives applause from lawmakers as she walks down the center isle of the Assembly to take the oath of office at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli)
Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, receives applause from lawmakers as she walks down the center isle of the Assembly to take the oath of office at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli) AP

Step aside dudes, it’s all about women at the Capitol today.

Two San Diego assemblywomen are leading events on opposite sides of the Capitol (at nearly the same time) to coincide with two different celebrations – Susan G. Komen Lobby day and International Women’s Day.

In honor of the ‘x’ chromosome, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez will join the SEIU United Service Workers West, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and more than 300 janitors in a march and rally against rape in the workplace, calling particular attention to attacks on immigrant women who work as janitors.

Advocates say janitors are at a greater risk for sexual assault because they work alone in empty buildings at night. They also point out that companies often hire janitors and security workers through outside contractors, which offer low pay and fewer workplace protections.

The rally is expected to kick off at 11:15 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol.

Meanwhile, on the south steps, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins is set to introduce a bill to push for better state breast cancer treatment programs. Atkin’s camp says AB 1795 would give coverage to younger patients and cut out an 18-month treatment limit.

The assemblywoman will be joined by fellow lawmakers, as well as a representative from the Susan G. Komen California Public Policy Collaborative and two breast cancer survivors. The event begins at 11 a.m.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Anthony Rendon sworn in as Assembly Speaker.

STATE OF THE JUDICIARY: Supreme Court Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is scheduled to deliver the State of the Judiciary address to the joint legislature at 4 p.m. at the Capitol. The address will be streamed live at www.calchannel.com/live-webcast.

LAST STRIKE: The California State University Board of Trustees meets for the last time today before the faculty union’s looming strike is set to kick in.

The California Faculty Association threatened last month to launch a five-day strike if the union and CSU fail to sign a labor contract by mid-April. Thus far, the two sides have been unable to agree on raises.

The possible strike, which is scheduled for April 13-15 and April 18-19, has been labeled as “historic,” marking the first time teachers simultaneously strike at all 23 CSU campuses.

The union intends to apply additional pressure on the CSU board, which is expected to receive a status update at its Tuesday meeting. It all begins at 8 a.m. in Long Beach.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, who turns 75 today.

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