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AM Alert: Brown to talk climate change at San Francisco event

U.S. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. of California, right, gestures as he speaks with French French Environment Minister Segolene Royal prior to a panel entitled “Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Cities and Subnationals on Climate Action” at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Brown will speak at a San Francisco conference today.
U.S. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. of California, right, gestures as he speaks with French French Environment Minister Segolene Royal prior to a panel entitled “Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Cities and Subnationals on Climate Action” at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Brown will speak at a San Francisco conference today. AP

The day after Gov. Jerry Brown officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and chided Donald Trump’s description of global warming as a hoax, the state’s most outspoken climate change advocate will take the stage at an inaugural meeting of subnational governments that support clean energy.

Gov. Brown will speak at the Subnational Clean Energy Ministerial today, a two-day event bringing together leaders of regions, provinces, states and cities around the world with similar goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Dubbed SubCEM, the event begins this morning at 9 a.m. and coincides with the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial, which gathers national energy ministers and high-ranking delegates from 23 member countries and the European Commission, also in San Francisco.

MASCOT TAKEOVER: Have you ever dreamed of taking a selfie with Herky the Hornet, Eddie the Eagle, or Musty the Mustang? If so, California State University Mascot Day at the Capitol may be your chance. Seventeen of the 23 CSU campus mascots will be hanging around the west steps of the Capitol from noon to 1:30 p.m. today to meet with alumni and promote the CSU system. With an expected high around 98 degrees, we don’t envy the people in those mascot suits.

NEWSOM SPEAKS: Gavin Newsom makes headlines these days as a marijuana advocate, gun control supporter and critic of UC Davis’ controversial leader. But the lieutenant governor will speak at Sonoma State University today in another capacity: wine aficionado. In 1991, Newsom co-founded PlumpJack, a wine shop that evolved into a hospitality business including several wineries.

Newsom will speak alongside Sonoma State University President Ruben Armiñana and U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson at the groundbreaking ceremony of the SSU Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State at 10:30 a.m. Previously known as the University Commons building, the 15,000-square-foot space will be remodeled to reopen as the Wine Business Institute in 2017.

CANDIDATES IN THE FLESH: The California primary is less than a week away and candidates are busy shaking hands and kissing babies before time runs out. Bernie Sanders will stop near Salinas and in Palo Alto today before rallying support in Davis at Hutchison Intramural Field at 8 p.m. Donald Trump will hold a rally at 7 p.m. at the Sacramento International Jet Center near the Sacramento International Airport.

Speaking of the election, check out The Bee’s candidate matching tool to find the legislative and congressional candidates most compatible with your views. You can also track the money gushing into races across the state with The Money Trail.

Rachel Cohrs contributed to this report.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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