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AM Alert: California lawmakers shape priorities at policy retreats

Senate Democrats will hold their annual policy retreat at the Stanford Mansion in downtown Sacramento. Roseville teacher Jim Carpenter walked by for a protest at the Capitol on May 13, 2011.
Senate Democrats will hold their annual policy retreat at the Stanford Mansion in downtown Sacramento. Roseville teacher Jim Carpenter walked by for a protest at the Capitol on May 13, 2011. The Sacramento Bee file

California legislators will gather with their party caucuses in the coming days to determine their policy priorities this session.

The Senate Democratic Caucus is meeting over the next two days at the Stanford Mansion to discuss the state budget, income inequality, climate change and economic security for women, among other issues. UC Berkeley public policy Professor Robert Reich, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, will address the senators, as will speakers from the social policy institute PolicyLink, climate change and family policy organization Next Generation, socially-minded venture capital firm DBL Investors, and economic and environmental policy group Next10.

The Senate Republican Caucus will have its one-day retreat at a local restaurant today, but declined to provide details on where or what they will discuss.

The Assembly Democratic Caucus is planning a retreat in Sacramento for next week, while the Assembly Republican Caucus, instead of a policy retreat, will be in the Bay Area today to tour Yelp, Apple and Google.

VIDEO: Dan Walters offers a tribute to longtime local government lobbyist Dan Wall, who died last week.

LABEL MAKERS: Anti-GMO advocates are continuing their efforts to bring labeling legislation back to the Capitol. Author and activist Jeffrey Smith will present the case for labeling GMOs, 10:30 a.m. in Room 2040 of the Capitol. The event is sponsored by Label GMOs, the California State Grange, the Institute for Responsible Technology and Moms Across America.

PICKET UP: Doctors from the University of California’s student health centers will hold a one-day systemwide strike today as they work to negotiate their first contract since unionizing in 2013. The 150 doctors will be joined by other UC workers and students to picket the ten campus health centers, with noon rallies scheduled at four of them, including UC Davis’ Student Health and Wellness Center.

CALIFORNIA PAYROLL: The Bee’s state salary database has been updated with civil service and California State University numbers for 2014. You can can explore the database here.

STORK DELIVERY: Congratulations to Secretary of State Alex Padilla and his wife, Angela, who welcomed a baby boy, Diego Cruz, on Sunday.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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