Capitol Alert: AM Alert: California hits campaign finance filing deadline

jwhite@sacbee.comJuly 31, 2013 

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Today, they show us the money.

Midnight marks the deadline for committees -- including those associated with office holders, candidates and ballot initiatives -- to disclose their fundraising data. By the end of the day we'll get a look at where the campaign dollars have coursed in the first half of 2013, offering a preliminary sense of where things stand in, say, the 2014 governor's race.

We'll be on top of it. Check back tomorrow for a report summarizing who gave what to whom in the opening months of 2013.

VIDEO: It wasn't exactly a warm homecoming for Gov. Jerry Brown, who returned from a trip abroad to find a protest of the governor's criminal justice policies, Dan Walters says.

TRANSGENDER TIME: A bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, that would allow students to use the bathrooms and join the sports teams that match their gender identity has emerged from both houses of the Legislature, its fate now bound to Gov. Jerry Brown's pen. Ashton Lee, a16-year-old from Manteca, will try to deliver Brown a petition with a few thousand signatures urging the governor to sign the bill today, following an 11:30 a.m. rally on the West steps.

WEIGHING WATER: The California Latino Capitol Association is sponsoring an event on water quality today. Speakers include Anton Favorini-Csorba from the Legislative Analyst's Office, who will address the intersecting governance roles of local, state and federal entities, followed by Jennifer Clary of Clean Water Action and Omar Carrillo of the Community Water Center, who will talk about barriers to providing communities with clean water. From noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 2040 of the State Capitol building.

FUELING ALTERNATIVES: What lies ahead for California's development of alternative fuels and vehicles? A California Energy Commission-sponsored workshop today will take a look at some possibilities, featuring commissioners Andrew McAllister and Janea A. Scott. Starting at 9 a.m. at the California Energy Commission building on 9th street.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to California State Controller John Chiang, who turns 51 today.

And a happy birthday to Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, who celebrates his 69th today.

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