AM Alert: Ricardo Lara pushes 'potty parity' for dads

08/01/2014 5:00 AM

08/01/2014 7:28 AM

What does state Sen. Ricardo Lara have his eye on as the Legislature heads into its last month of session? “Potty parity,” for one.

The Bell Gardens Democrat is promoting a bill that would require businesses installing diaper changing stations to make them accessible to both men and women. He will be joined by concerned fathers, 11:30 a.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, to make the case.

Lara’s is not the only piece of legislation this year dealing with diaper changing stations. Another from Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would require the adoption of state building standards for the installation of stations in public restrooms.

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FUNDRAISING BLACKOUT: Faced with two major corruption scandals in the past year, the state Senate agreed in June to give up fundraising during the final month of session, a busy time that typically sees lawmakers voting on hundreds of bills that affect the interest groups bankrolling their campaigns. The blackout period kicks in today and extends through August 31; if the rule is readopted for future sessions, it will also include the month leading up to approval of the state budget. Campaign finance reform activists will likely be watching the effects of the ban with interest. Will votes change on any controversial pieces of legislation? Will the reduced competition be a boon for members of the Assembly?

HISTORICAL HONORS: The State Historical Resources Commission is voting on nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and California Historical Landmarks during its quarterly meeting, 9 a.m. at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building. The commission is considering 11 nominees to send on to the national register, a list of sites deemed worthy of preservation, including the Sacramento City Cemetery, the Forum in Inglewood, and the historic visitor facilities of Big Basin Redwoods, California’s oldest state park. Three spots are being considered as California Historical Landmarks, including the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz.

ON THE GRID: Digital 395, a 612-mile network of fiber optic cables, is connecting communities in the Eastern Sierras to high-speed Internet for the first time. Built and operated by the California Broadband Initiative, the $100 million project will be dedicated during a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Mammoth Mountain Conference Center in Mammoth Lakes. State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, who helped secured funding for the network from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is among those slated to speak.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assembly Speaker (and recent acting govenor) Toni Atkins, who turns 52 today.

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