One of the year's biggest budget battles was over pre-kindergarten. State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg came out early in the session with a proposal to create a "transitional kindergarten" year for all California four-year-olds, and he pushed hard for the program in the face of doubts from Gov. Jerry Brown. A final deal largely scaled back the plan to preschool for low-income children.
Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, will join mothers and child care providers at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol to applaud the new program as an opportunity help lift families out of poverty and to call for expansion of child care and early education in the future.
Karen Skelton, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Shriver Report, will also be on hand to announce a three-city tour of the HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. The film, based on last year's report about women and children in poverty, will screen at 6 p.m. at the SEIU State Council on 7th Street, then head to Oakland and Los Angeles.
VIDEO: In contrast to the judicial branch, little disclosure is required for the communications that inform the Legislature's policy-making, Dan Walters says.
NO MONEY MO PROBLEMS: Sacramento State's Center for California Studies sponsors a symposium on municipal bankruptcies, starting at 10 a.m. at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street. Academics and former mayors from Riverside and Modesto will discuss the underlying factors that have led California cities to declare bankruptcy.
THE MAN-UFACTURING SHOW: Sierra Nevada Brewing, Parallax and California Steel Industries are among the companies that will be honored by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association at its "Champions of Manufacturing" event recognizing companies that have shown commitment to the state, their employees and innovation, 10 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center. Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, and comedian Adam Carolla are scheduled to speak.
PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: In honor of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the GI Bill of Rights, which provided home loans and college tuition among other benefits, the state Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a reception, 1 p.m. at the CalVet Medal of Honor Hall on O Street. Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, and Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, are expected to attend.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: The Greater Sacramento Urban League recognizes legislators who have "championed for equality and justice for Californians" during its annual legislative reception, 5:30 p.m. in the Capitol Basement Rotunda. Steinberg, Liu and Assembly members Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, and Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, are set to be honored. The reception coincides with the release of the organization's latest "State of Black America" report on minority unemployment.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Pérez, who turns 42 today.