Capitol Alert: AM Alert: California lawmakers, labor push veteran jobs initiative

jwhite@sacbee.comNovember 8, 2013 

California state government will take a break Monday in honor of Veterans Day, and today lawmakers and labor leaders will launch a program to connect vets to work.

The new "Veterans and Labor -- Partners in Service" program will introduce some policy priorities that would encourage hiring veterans, bolster job training and increase veteran housing. Some bigwigs are coming out today to trumpet it, including Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation, Yvonne Walker of SEIU 1000; and Lorraine Plass, of the organization California AMVETS. Joining them will be Assembly members Richard Pan, Roger Dickinson and Ken Cooley.

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HOSPITALITY: On the subject of union-backed initiatives, members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West will converge on Attorney General Kamala Harris's office today to file a pair of ballot initiatives that seek, respectively, to cap hospital executive pay and limit how much hospitals can charge patients for care. Proponents will be holding a 12:45 p.m. news conference in front of the AG's office.

FILM FLAM: For the first time since Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg booted Sen. Ron Calderon off the California Film Commission, the panel will meet in Los Angeles. It should be interesting to see if the Calderon case comes up, given that a central allegation in the leaked Calderon affidavit involves an undercover FBI agent bribing Calderon to try to lower the film credit threshold, and the film tax credit program is on the agenda. No word on whether Rocky Patel plans to attend.

ECONOMICS: We're in day 2 of the California Economic Summit, also being held in Los Angeles, and today a handful of elected officials will be voicing their thoughts. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver the luncheon keynote, with the list of other lawmakers participating throughout the day including Assembly members Ed Chau, Al Muratsuchi, Rudy Salas, Nora Campos, Jeff Gorell, Kristin Olsen, Jose Medina and Cristina Garcia, in addition to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Sen. Bill Emmerson.

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