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AM Alert: Jerry Brown goes nuclear

Gov. Jerry Brown, third from left, attended the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ unveiling of the “Doomsday Clock” at Stanford University on Jan. 26, 2016.
Gov. Jerry Brown, third from left, attended the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ unveiling of the “Doomsday Clock” at Stanford University on Jan. 26, 2016. The Associated Press

A landmark agreement with Iran on nuclear activities was one of the biggest political developments of the past year, and North Korea recently usurped the spotlight with its threats to launch a missile at the U.S. at “any moment.” But Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t think anyone is paying attention.

At the unveiling of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ “Doomsday Clock” in January, Brown chided the public for not engaging on the issue of nuclear proliferation, distracted by obfuscatory politicians and a frivolous media. “It’s time to wake up, America,” he said.

He’ll sound the alarm today at a nuclear security summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Atlantic Council and Global Zero, where he will join former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry for two panel discussions on “reducing the threats posed by nuclear weapons” and “the rise of a new nuclear arms race.”

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YOU RAISED ME UP: Back in Sacramento, the Legislature is moving swiftly on the minimum wage deal that Brown announced on Monday. Democratic leaders are hoping to push the bill – which would raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022 – through both houses today. The Assembly meets at 9 a.m., while the Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Can they overcome Republican and business opposition? Union workers who led the “Fight for 15” have already planned a rally on the south steps of the Capitol at 11 a.m., along with four others statewide, so expect success.

SPEAK NOW: Want Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s thoughts on the minimum wage – or any of his other priorities for this new era of leadership? He’ll be sharing them at this month’s Sacramento Press Club luncheon, 11:45 a.m. at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom on 9th Street. One question that definitely needs to be asked: How did his switch to Daylight Saving Time go?

GOOD TIMES ROLL: With her don’t-call-it-a-retirement from the U.S. Senate, Barbara Boxer will be headed home from Washington at the end of this year. Look for many laudatory affairs to come honoring one of California’s first two female senators, starting with what the Los Angeles Business Council is touting as the “first major tribute event” for Boxer, 5 p.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Among those slated to toast her are Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Treasurer John Chiang, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Panorama City, who turns 53 today, and to Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, who is 64.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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