Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Gov. Jerry Brown trades Sacramento for Washington

jwhite@sacbee.comOctober 24, 2013 

Gov. Jerry Brown talks to the media Monday at the National Governors Association's winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

JOSE LUIS MAGANA — Associated Press

Wednesday, we told you about Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez raising his profile by hosting a national event. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown trades Sacramento for Washington, D.C., to rub shoulders with public officials from across the country.

Brown is speaking at a policy conference hosted by the Center for American Progress, the influential liberal think tank, and the governor will add his name to an impressive roster. Filling out the guest list are Secretary of State John Kerry, former Vice President Al Gore, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

In keeping with the "California is back!" narrative, Brown is expected to talk in his lunchtime address about how California surmounted its reputation for dysfunction and got its financial house in order.

VIDEO: The state's management of an ancient home for veterans has Dan Walters scratching his head.

FPPC: They're skimping on the details, but the California Fair Political Practices Commission will make an announcement on a major case during a noon press conference. Stay with us for more information as this story develops.

BALLOT INITIATIVES: Big names from all three branches of government will appear on a Public Policy Institute of California panel today discussing the state of direct democracy in California. The panel includes former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, former Gov. Gray Davis and former chief justice of the California Supreme Court Ronald George, with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison moderating. Communications pro Donna Lucas, will also be on hand. A recent PPIC report spotlighted recommendations to improve the ballot initiative process. The event is at the Sheraton Grand; registration has already closed.

HEALTH PLANS: We brought you news recently of grumblings from health insurance companies about the lack of health plan quality ratings on the website of Covered California, the state's new health insurance exchange. Board members will vote on how to deploy the quality rating system during a daylong meeting at the Secretary of State's Office today.

CLIMATE CHANGE: The Little Hoover Commission holds a hearing today examining how California will cope with climate change, with witnesses addressing the consequences for the state's major urban hubs: Los Angeles, San Diego, the Bay Area and "Sacramento and the Rest," as the agenda terms it (sorry, SacTown apologists). Starting at 9:30 a.m. in room 437 of the state Capitol building.

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