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AM Alert: Climate change fight sends Gov. Jerry Brown to New York

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. AP

Continuing his fourth-term quest as a climate crusader, Gov. Jerry Brown is in New York City today to celebrate the Paris accords.

Brown was in France last December as the world’s nations agreed to a sweeping climate change pact, touting California’s climate leadership and piling up more non-binding agreements to reduce emissions. Today he’ll be at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan to join heads of state who are signing the agreement.

After the signing ceremony, Brown will nosh and hobnob at a luncheon with French President François Hollande, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, among others. He’ll be on an afternoon panel about making the climate pact work, which Brown has positioned as the task of sub-national governments like cities and (naturally) states, with top UN climate dog Christiana Figueres.

GASSY: Prices at the pump never cease to offer political fodder, driving bills and campaign ads and drawing scrutiny from powerful political players. Today the California Energy Commission’s petroleum pricing committee will talk about gas price volatility and what can be done to reduce it, or at least shed some light on the causes. Expect some clashing takes in presentations from the Western States Petroleum Association and Consumer Watchdog. Starting at 10:15 a.m. at 1516 Ninth Street.

IMPOVERISHED: Not a budget debate goes by without lawmakers reminding each other that, even as much of California rebounds economically, the state poverty rate remains high (this is especially true for senior citizens). Today UC Davis is convening a summit on poverty policy, bringing together academic experts and officials from public agencies that oversee welfare and child care. From noon to 5 p.m. at UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K Street.

PROPOSITIONED: The outcome of Proposition 47, which reduces some crimes involving drugs and theft to misdemeanors, is of particular interest to communities of color where penalties have fallen especially hard. Today the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color will be talking about what happens next from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Elihu Harris state building in Oakland, hearing from community advocates as well as San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods.

ROLL RIVER: The American River Parkway could get conservancy status via a bill by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, making it eligible to get more state money. Today the Central Valley Flood Protection Board will talk about Assembly Bill 1716 during a 9 a.m. meeting at Sacramento City Hall.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, who turns 45 today. On Saturday people will be celebrating the births of Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, who turns 39, and Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, who will hit 51.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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