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AM Alert: Should California help pay for Los Angeles Olympics?

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was previously used in both Olympics hosted by the city, but will need an overhaul for the 2024 bid.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was previously used in both Olympics hosted by the city, but will need an overhaul for the 2024 bid. The Associated Press

After Boston’s bid collapsed amid concerns over public funding guarantees, the summer Olympics may be going back to Cali (Cali, Cali) for the first time since 1984. But first, Los Angeles taxpayers will have to calm their own jitters about being on the hook for any cost overruns.

So to make the city’s plan to host the 2024 games more financially attractive, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, has proposed a contingency fund of up to $250 million to cover revenue shortfalls. Bid organizers say they expect broadcast rights, corporate sponsorships and ticket sales to generate a surplus on the proposed $6 billion budget, but the last few host cities have gone deeply into the red, and the International Olympic Committee – which will make its selection next September – expects local governments to pick up the tab.

Senate Bill 1465 gets its first hearing in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, 9:30 a.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol. Some Republican and Northern California lawmakers have voiced opposition to the measure.

There are 19 more committee hearings scheduled for this busy Tuesday, so prepare for mild chaos at the Capitol as frantic lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers make the rounds.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz brought his campaign – and his Reagan love – to Irvine.

DON’T JUDGE A JUDGE BY HIS COVER: President Barack Obama’s last Supreme Court pick is unlikely to get a confirmation hearing any time soon. But Republican leaders’ argument that the opening be left to whomever wins the next election doesn’t fly in deep blue California: Nearly two-thirds of respondents in a new Field Poll believe the U.S. Senate should take up Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination for consideration. Christopher Cadelago has more in his story, including statistical tabulations for the poll results prepared exclusively for The Sacramento Bee.

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: In what may seem like a moment of déjà vu, Gov. Jerry Brown spoke with groups of crime victims and their families gathering in Sacramento both last week and yesterday. But the former is a long-standing law enforcement affiliate that advocates tougher penalties as a crime deterrent, while the latter is a relatively new rival coordinated by Californians for Safety and Justice. The organization behind Proposition 47 has sought to swing the corrections debate toward reduced incarceration and rehabilitation through events like its “Survivors Speak” conference at the Capitol, which continues today with a march and rally on the north steps starting at 9 a.m.

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE RESPECT: What’s it like to be a woman in California politics? Often, still a disadvantage. The Sacramento Press Club hosts powerhouses Nancy McFadden, the governor’s executive secretary; California Democratic Party CFO Angie Tate; and communications strategists Cassandra Pye and Sabrina Lockhart to share their perspectives on the inner-workings of the Capitol, the current campaign cycle and and the #WinLikeAGirl movement, 11:45 a.m. at the State Building and Construction Trades Council Conference Center on I Street.

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNELS: San Joaquin County farmer and businessman Dean Cortopassi has made plenty of enemies at the Capitol with his proposed initiative requiring voter approval for major state revenue bond issues – chief among them Brown, whose legacy Delta tunnels project would be imperiled if it passes. But Cortopassi has also got some friends in influential places, including the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which will endorse the November ballot measure, 10 a.m. at its headquarters on 11th Street.

GIVE IT THE NEW COLLEGE TRY: Funding battles and new programs aimed at closing an expected degree gap have put intense focus on California’s higher education system in recent years. With questions about money and access still swirling, the Public Policy Institute of California has announced a new Higher Education Center to study policy solutions to those challenges. It launches with a discussion about the future of higher education in the state, featuring University of California President Janet Napolitano and de León, 12:15 p.m. at the Bechtel Conference Center in San Francisco.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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