Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Rick Perry to address California Republicans

jwhite@sacbee.comOctober 4, 2013 

When last we checked in with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the former presidential candidate was busy prodding California Gov. Jerry Brown over the airwaves and trading jabs about whose state is better for what. Ever the thoughtful one, Brown eloquently dismissed the importance of the little flare-up.

But Perry has a receptive audience for his warnings about California's stagnating business climate: Golden State Republicans, who convene in Anaheim this weekend for their state party's fall convention featuring the Texas governor as a keynote speaker at Saturday's dinner.

Also addressing the delegates will be Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden. The weekend's theme is "Rebuilding from the Ground Up," reprising the back-to-basics theme that new state party chair Jim Brulte emphasized during his successful campaign at the spring convention.

VIDEO: Can California find the money to pay for badly needed road upgrades? Dan Walters says to not count on it.

BUSINESS BETS: Also on the topic of California business, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association will hold its 25th annual conference on the status of commerce in California today, neatly timed to coincide with the Republican convention. Business representatives and advocates will assemble at the Burbank Airport Marriott, where they will hear from panelists that include former U.S. senator and current Motion Picture Association of America chair Chris Dodd.

FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL: On a more solemn note, a ceremony in Capitol Park on Saturday will mark the addition of 22 fallen firefighters to the names recorded on the California Firefighters Memorial. Speakers will include California Attorney General Kamala Harris, director Mark Ghilarducci of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Lou Paulson of the California Fire Foundation and President Demetrious Schaffer of the California Fire Chiefs Association.

SUPREME SCHOLARS: California Supreme Court watchers can bask in legal analysis during a conference at Berkeley Law School today, co-hosted by the California Constitution Center. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar will be speaking.

NATIVE AMERICAN NEWS: It's the second day of a California Indian Conference at Sacramento State University, and today Judge Cynthia Gomez, tribal adviser to Brown, will be speaking.

LAWMAKERS LAUDED: We also get a paean to legislative integrity. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and former Republican leaders David Cogdill and Michael Villines will have a permanent exhibit dedicated in their honor, marking a Profile in Courage Award they won for putting together a deficit reduction deal back in 2009. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. inside the state Capitol's east annex entrance.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, who turns 61 today.

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