Capitol Alert: AM Alert: California examines renewable energy industry

jwhite@sacbee.comAugust 20, 2013 

With California on a timeline to steadily reduce carbon emissions -- a push buttressed by measures like last year's energy-efficiency boosting Proposition 39 -- the renewable energy industry is looking to expand its market share. An event today hosted by the trade organization Advanced Energy Economy will examine what lies ahead.

Speakers will include Michael Picker, who advises Gov. Jerry Brown on renewable energy facilities; Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board; Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development; Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and Tom Steyer, champions of Prop 38; and wide range of business folks representing everything from renewable energy firms to manufacturers to banks. Starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

VIDEO: Dan Walters takes a look at one of the last big policy battles before the Legislature this session.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: We spend a fair amount of time covering California's spotty record on government technology projects, but a two-day government technology conference convening in Sacramento today will offer a different look. Speakers will include technology executives, IT officials from various state agencies and Carlos Ramos, director of California's Department of Technology. They'll also be giving out some "best of California" awards, including one for the Secretary of State's online voter registration application. Today and tomorrow at the convention center.

TOP 100: There are few things the people inhabiting the world of California politics like better than gauging power and influence. Capitol Weekly will scratch that itch tonight at an event celebrating the publication of their Top 100 list of the chiefs of California clout. At the Park Ultra Lounge, starting at 5:30 p.m.

BOE BUILDING: As we've documented, California has spent millions trying to repair the deteriorating Board of Equalization building in downtown Sacramento. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration meets today to discuss the possibility of moving BOE employees out of the dilapidated structure and consolidating them in a new building.

BE PREPARED Wildfires, disease epidemics, the Big One -- the list of potential emergencies to afflict California is sizable. Today the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management will hold a hearing examining the state's response capabilities. Planned witnesses include Mark Ghilarducci of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Chief Ken Pimlott of CAL FIRE, Major General David S. Baldwin of the California State Military Department and Dan Smiley of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room 112.

TOURISM TALK: How's California's tourism industry doing? Caroline Beteta, president of Visit California, will offer a briefing in room 317 of the State Capitol today at 4:30 p.m. Expected attendees include AssemblymanIan Calderon, D-Whittier, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, who turns 62 today.

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