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AM Alert: Jerry Brown to speak at national convention

hamezcua@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the Democratic National Convention today for the first time in 24 years – and this time around the tone is likely to be a little different. He has already endorsed Hillary Clinton, while last time he refused to say her husband’s name.

Brown was the Bernie Sanders of the 1992 convention, albeit with fewer supporters and a less graceful exit than the Vermont senator, as noted by the Bee’s resident Brown expert, reporter David Siders. He returns to the convention podium as an international voice on climate change and a governor with high approval ratings. Brown’s evolution was on display in May, when he hosted Bill Clinton at the governor’s mansion before California’s June primary.

The Democratic governor also is expected to discuss the state of California at a breakfast hosted by Politico at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Brown announces California’s delegate count at the Democratic National Convention.

WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY: Acting Governor Tom Torlakson, also known as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, plans to use his soapbox to talk about health and fitness today. With Gov. Brown and the state’s top seven ranking officials away in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, an unlikely Torlakson ascended to the highest post in state government. Torlakson invites the public to meet him on the north steps of the Capitol at 9:30 a.m. for a walk through the grounds.

OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME: Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, hosts a free workshop to help her Southern California constituents access affordable housing. Representatives of the homeless housing assistance non-profit PATH, Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County, the social service center Penny Lane and other community groups will join Lopez at the workshop, which runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the SFV Japanese American Community Center in Pacoima.

WORTH REPEATING: “There’s some times when you feel it, you have to show it.” – Civil rights icon and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, telling California delegates that Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention made him cry.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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