California legislators are earning their paychecks this week by enduring the government equivalent of grueling two-a-day practices.
The Legislature is taking up nearly 500 bills in daylong marathon sessions with a looming Friday deadline to pass legislation out of its house of origin. Both houses expect to wrap up the sessions today.
Through Wednesday, the Senate voted on nearly 140 bills and intends to finish off as many as 50 today to avoid calling another session on Friday. Similarly, today the Assembly hopes to conclude votes on the remaining bills of the 300 it must take up before the deadline.
SANDERS & LOUISE: Bernie Sanders is receiving a little A-List assistance in his improbable bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee as actress Susan Sarandon accompanies him to a rally in Modesto today. In addition to the “Thelma & Louise” star, a score of other celebrities have endorsed a Sanders presidency, including Danny Glover, Danny Devito, Juliette Lewis, Jeremy Piven and Mark Ruffalo. Doors open at 9 a.m. at the Modesto Centre Plaza, and the rally begins at noon.
TRUMP: Donald Trump is continuing his tour of California with a rally in San Jose today. The Republican presidential hopeful will appear at the San Jose Convention Center at 7 p.m.
CLEAN ENERGY: Climate change is on the agenda again today with Gov. Jerry Brown, Tom Steyer and Janet Napolitano expected to take the stage at the Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco. The event, which began Wednesday in closed door sessions, gathers government and business leaders from all over the world to focus on accelerating the global use of clean energy. Brown is expected to deliver welcome remarks to kick off day two of the summit around 8:30 a.m. Steyer and Napolitano join former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz in a panel discussion on public-private partnerships moderated by Arun Majumdar, co-director of the Precourt Instutute for Energy at Stanford University, at 1 p.m.
CANDIDATE MATCH: Do you need to do more research before you head to the polls on Tuesday? Turn to The Sacramento Bee's candidate matching tool, which asks you questions about the issues that matter most to you and picks out the candidate who shares your views.
THE MONEY TRAIL: With the primary election less than a week away, special interests are ramping up spending in legislative races. Track contributions and independent committee spending using our interactive tool.
CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, who turns 65 today.