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AM Alert: California Muslims make case in Sacramento

Three young women look at a a picture they took of themselves before the start of the Eid prayer marking the end of Ramadan at McClellan Park on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Sacramento.
Three young women look at a a picture they took of themselves before the start of the Eid prayer marking the end of Ramadan at McClellan Park on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Sacramento. rpench@sacbee.com

It’s a politically fraught time to be a Muslim living in the United States, given recent events. In California, Muslims are working to ensure that’s not the case.

Today is the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Muslim Day. A 10 a.m. briefing in room 447, cosponsored by the Sikh Coalition, will shed light on Islamophobia and its implications for Muslim students.

On the bill side, people will be speaking to their legislators against a bill that would bar California from giving contracts to firms that boycott Israel. Where proponents, including supportive Israeli officials, see a shield against anti-Semitism, opponents warn the measure will stifle political expression. Muslim Day attendees will also be promoting bills to crack down on bullying and seek to protect immigrants from deportation.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Gov. Jerry Brown touts his longevity at the U.N.

HOUSE BUDGET: Affordable housing proposals have faltered of late, with a big tax credit expansion among a herd of vetoed tax bills and a former Assembly leader’s housing fund bill never getting a floor vote. Today Assembly Democrats will announce another attempt, unveiling a budget proposal to spend more than $1.3 billion on more housing. Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will talk about the bills along with several other members, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, during an 11:45 a.m. press conference in room 317.

TIME TO RUMBLE: For the first time in this U.S. Senate race, all the leading candidates will gather on the same stage for a debate. Contenders at the University of the Pacific in Stockton tonight include California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, former California Republican Party officials Tom Del Beccaro and Duf Sundheim, and Republican businessman Ron Unz. The debate kicks off at 6 p.m. The most recent polling suggests much of the vote remains up for grabs.

CONSTRUCTIVE: A little under a year after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, killing six people, what are the odds it happens again? A Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development hearing today will examine how well regulators are keeping an eye on construction firms, drawing on construction industry members and officials who oversee contracting and building standards (legislation to up industry oversight stalled last year). The hearing begins at noon in room 3191.

SALTY: The long saga of the Salton Sea gets another look today, with the Little Hoover Commission meeting to discuss what California is (or isn’t) doing about an ecological crisis involving the evaporating man-made sea. Their 2015 study was entitled “Averting Disaster,” to give you an idea of the state of things. Expected witnesses at today’s hearing include Bruce Wilcox, who oversees Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency, Salton Sea Authority head Phil Rosentrater, and officials from the Imperial Irrigation District and the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District. Starting at 9:30 a.m. in room 437.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, who turns 58 today.

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

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