Thursday

September 14, 2017

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NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

None scheduled.

THE LEGISLATURE

Senate — Session 10 a.m.

  • Transportation and Housing (Jim Beall, Chair), 8:30 a.m., Rm. 3191.
  • Governance and Finance (Mike McGuire, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 3191.

Assembly — Session 10 a.m.

  • Budget (Phil Ting, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 4202.
  • Elections and Redistricting (Marc Berman, Chair), 9 a.m, Rm. 127.
  • Health (Jim Wood, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 437.
  • Privacy and Consumer Protection (Ed Chau, Chair), Rm. 126.
  • Rules (Ken Cooley, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 3162.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • 7 a.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road to Recovery

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report 619: Fake News and Literacy

  • 10 a.m.

    Assembly Floor Session LIVE

  • 5 p.m.

    CA Oil Recycling

  • 7 p.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Road To Recovery

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report 619: Fake News and Literacy

  • 9 p.m.

    Senate Floor Session (9.14.17)

  • 11:30 p.m.

    Assembly Floor Session (9.14.17)

THE GOVERNOR

ELK GROVE — Gov. Jerry Brown attends 32nd Annual Medal of Valor Ceremony, hosted by CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation, honors more than 100 employees for their bravery and “service above the call of duty;” honorees include Deuel Vocational Institution Correctional Officer Kevin Machado, who “bravely subdued a man wielding a knife while threatening employees and shoppers at a local Costco.” 10 a.m., Creekside Christian Church, 8939 East Stockton Blvd. Contact: Alexandra Powell 916 445 4950.

Also listed to attend: CDCR Secty. Scott Kernan; Lt. Sam Robinson, San Quentin State Prison.

“Open to invited guests and credentialed media only.”

APPOINTMENTS

By Governor. Contact: 916 445 4571.

Requires Senate confirmation.

As Inspector General overseeing various activities specified in statute at the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Roy Wesley, 63, Carmichael, no party preference, chief deputy inspector general since 2007. Salary: $171,494.

Do not require confirmation.

As warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison: Charles Callahan, 56, Blythe, Democrat, acting warden since 2017 and previously chief deputy warden. Salary: $149,808.

As warden, California City Correctional Facility: John Garza, 47, Bakersfield, Republican, acting warden since 2017. Salary: $149,808.

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By Senate Rules.

Ages not provided per Committee policy.

To the California Coastal Commission: Sara Aminzadeh, San Francisco, Democrat, executive director of CA Coastkeeper Alliance. Term ends May 20, 2021. Compensation: $50 per meeting and $12.50 per hour in preparation for each meeting not to exceed 8 hours per meeting, and actual and necessary expenses.

To the California Commission on Aging: Marcy Adelman, San Francisco, Democrat, self-employed psychologist and therapist. Term ends October 13, 2020. Compensation: necessary expenses.

To the Education Commission of the States: Benjamin Allen, Santa Monica, Democrat, Senator representing SD 26. Pleasure term; no compensation.

To the State Bar Board of Trustees: Joshua Perttula, Santa Monica, Democrat, member of the American Bar Assn., CA Bar Assn., and Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Assn. of Realtors. Term ends September 14, 2021. Compensation: $50 per day, not to exceed $500 per month plus necessary expenses.

Reappointed to the California State Coastal Conservancy: Ann Notthoff, Orinda, Democrat, California Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Term ends September 13, 2021. Compensation: $100 per day plus expenses.

To the Advisory Commission on Special Education: Richard Pan, Sacramento, Democrat, Senator representing SD 6. Pleasure term; no compensation.

To the Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee: Daniel Cullenward, San Francisco, no party preference, research associate at Near Zero and Carnegie Institution for Science. Pleasure term; no compensation.

To the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy: Henry Stern, Agoura Hills, Democrat, Senator representing SD 27. Pleasure term; no compensation.

To the School Building Finance Committee: Cathleen Galgiani, Stockton, Democrat, Senator representing SD 5. Pleasure term; no compensation.

To the Instructional Quality Commission: Anthony Portantino, Los Angeles, Democrat, Senator representing SD 25. Pleasure term; no compensation.

To the California Underground Facilities Safe Evacuation Board: Randy Charland, Ventura, Independent, senior director of CA for UtiliQuest. Term ends January 1 2021. No compensation.

KEEPING UP

(L-R) Vavao, Villacres & McEntire

Congratulations and the smell of Thai food were in the air at yesterday’s Legislative Women’s Caucus reception celebrating the newly formed Democratic Office of Communications and Outreach, the entity replacing the Speaker’s Office of Member Services. However, the women hired to take the helm were the main event. Speaker Anthony Rendon and Asm. Cristina Garcia came by Rm. 317 during a break in session to welcome Susan McEntire as director, Katie Vavao as deputy director of outreach and Geneve Villacres as deputy director of communications. Garcia was all smiles as she draped a Wonder Woman cape over McEntire’s shoulders and placed a shiny, superhero cuff on her wrist. “Three wonder women are going to be leading the charge and it is because our belief in their work, not just because they are women,” Garcia said. McEntire, current acting director of SOMS, also worked as chief of staff for former Asms. Das Williams and Ira Ruskin. Vavao, current acting deputy director of SOMS, has worked with the Assembly Democrats since 2005. Villacres, who started her career as an intern for former Senator and current US Rep. Alan Lowenthal, comes to the DCO after working as the community relations manager for PG&E. “We are so used to having the private sector steal people from us, and now we are stealing people away from the private sector,” Rendon joked as he congratulated Villacres. The office is scheduled to open September 18th. Contact: Kevin Liao, Kevin.Liao@asm.ca.gov.

UNCOVERING A HIDDEN PAST

By: Tiffany Dobbyn, Capitol Morning Report

Photo Bird found in Dieppe; believes father is the soldier on the right

A photo taken during World War II has Andrew Bird, communications director for Asm. Jim Frazier, reflecting on his late father. He believes the black and white image shows the exact moment his father, Andrew Jackson Bird, was taken prisoner by German soldiers during a raid in Dieppe, France on August 19, 1942. Bird came across the photo on display at a war memorial while in Dieppe on the 75th anniversary of that deadly raid, which went down in history as one of the biggest disasters for the allies in WWII. Most of his life, Bird didn’t think of his father as a hero. But after traveling overseas and retracing his father’s steps in the war, he better understood the man and his imperfections.

Bird doesn’t have many fond memories of his father. Bird says his dad was plagued by alcoholism and often mistreated his mother by having affairs with other women. “I didn’t really feel much for him,” Bird said. “He was really a big embarrassment to me.” He says his father, who was a prisoner of war for three years, never spoke of his war experiences. The very little Bird did know was that at age 23, his father went AWOL from the US Army and fled north to join the Essex Scottish, a Canadian regiment. Canada was sending troops to England at the time and Bird says his father, who was born in Britain, wanted to fight the Nazis.

It wasn’t until his death in 1973, that Bird started learning more about his father’s past that he kept hidden. It included the revelation that while his father was stationed in England, he married an English woman, Ruby, and they had a daughter, Susan, whom Bird never knew existed. Bird says Ruby was pregnant when his father was captured during the Dieppe raid. When Bird looked at the photo in Dieppe, he could feel the despair in his father’s eyes. “He had a wife, expecting his first child, and all that was being taken away from him,” Bird said. “I can look at the look on his face at that moment when he was being captured or surrendering to the Nazis like, ‘Oh my God, what has happened?’” Bird says that after his father was liberated from German prison camp, he returned to Ruby and Susan. But, the marriage later crumbled, and his father abandoned them.

Bird became so enthralled with his father’s life that he set out on a mission to learn more. He found a box of his father’s mementos including telegrams he had written while he was a POW. In one, he wrote: “I was banged around quite a bit, but nothing serious.” As he started to piece together all that his father had experienced, Bird says he started to respect him. “It helped me to understand him better and realize all the trauma he had been through,” Bird said.

(L-R) Debbie, Andrew & Susan in Godalming

In 2005, Bird contacted his long-lost half sister, Susan, for the first time. Recalling that phone conversation brings tears to Bird’s eyes. They later met in 2011 and again last month when Bird, along with his sister Debbie and her husband, spent a few days with Susan before going to France. Susan showed them around London, and brought them to the church in the small English town of Godalming where their father and her mother got married. It was an emotional and beautiful experience for Bird. “The affection that existed between my sister Susan and Debbie and me, we just hit it off,” he said. “It is a family love that I wasn’t used to.”

After the reunion, Bird rode a ferry across the English Channel in the middle of the night from England to France, just like his father had done 75 years earlier. He walked the beach where his father was captured and took part in a memorial service that honored the lives lost there. Bird and Debbie laid a wreath in tribute to their father. It was on that day they spotted the photo of him and realized all the sacrifices their father had made as a young man. So intrigued by his father’s war experiences, Bird wants to tell his story. He’s writing a memoir titled, “They Couldn’t All Be Heroes, A Son’s Memoir.” And while Bird still acknowledges that his father was not perfect, he does have a newfound appreciation for him. “When I was 15, when he died, I was not proud to be my father’s son,” Bird said. “Now, at age 60, I am quite proud to be his son.” Contact: Andrew.Bird@asm.ca.gov.

STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

BERKELEY — Board of Psychology, first of two days, discusses AB 89 which was signed by the Governor Sept. 1 and, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, requires applicants for licensure as a psychologist to complete a minimum of 6 hours of coursework or applied experience under supervision in suicide risk assessment and intervention; other business. 9:30 a.m., The Wright Institute, 2728 Durant Ave., Rm. 109/110. Contact: 916 574 7220.

Agenda here.


SAN FRANCISCO — California Public Utilities Commission, considers approving the City of Emeryville’s application to start building a pedestrian and bicycle bridge later this year over railroad tracks owned by Union Pacific that is expected to take two years to construct; other business. 9:30 a.m., 505 Van Ness Ave. Contact: Terrie Prosper 415 703 1366.

Agenda here.


Agricultural Labor Relations Board, discusses in closed session the California Supreme Court case in which Gerawan Farming Inc., a Fresno-based, stone fruit farming operation, is challenging “Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation” amendments to the Agricultural Labor Relations Act as an unlawful delegation of power to the ALRB; other business. 10 a.m., Employment Development Dept., 722 Capitol Mall. Contact: 916 653 3741.

Agenda here.


State Mining and Geology Board, considers approving designation report naming the Stockton-Lodi area as “regionally significant” for meeting state’s needs for sand and gravel production; other business. 10 a.m., Rm. 444. Contact: 916 322 1082.

Agenda and staff reports here.


Delta Independent Science Board, part of the Delta Stewardship Council, TELEMEETING, first of two days, hears presentation by Cliff Feldheim of Dept. of Water Resources on monitoring, research and restoration efforts in Suisun Marsh, including the Tule Red Restoration Project that will open 400 acres of wetlands to daily tides by breaching a natural berm and removing other impediments; other business. 10 a.m., Park Tower, 980 9th St., Second Floor Conference Rm. Contact: 916 445 5383.

Other location at University of Washington, 4000 15th Ave NE, Seattle; webcast available here.

Second day, Suisun Marsh field tour, convenes at 7 a.m., DWR’s parking lot, 3500 Industrial Blvd., West Sacramento.

Agenda here.


WEST SACRAMENTO — Housing Finance Agency, considers approving $19,915,000 in financing for Bartlett Hill Manor, a 65-unit affordable family housing complex located at 625 North Bunker Hill Ave. and 816 Bartlett St. in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles which is experiencing “rapid gentrification;” rents in the complex are currently “very affordable at 25% to 45% of market rents” and financing “preserves affordability levels until at least 2058;” other business. 10 a.m., California State Teachers’ Retirement System, 100 Waterfront Place. Contact: Melissa Flores 916 326 8092.

Agenda here.


WALNUT CREEK — Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, seeks comments on proposed regulations to lower the exposure limit of benzyl chloride, a substance found in perfumes, dyes, ammonium compounds and other materials, from 1 part per million to 0.3 parts per million to reduce “risk of eye and respiratory tract irritation as well as reduce workers’ potential for the development of cancer;” other business. 10 a.m., City Hall, 1666 N. Main St. Contact: 916 274 5721.

Agenda here.


LONG BEACH — Board of State and Community Corrections, oversees prison realignment, considers reallocating $20,000,000 for prison construction that Shasta County relinquished due to financial constraints to Madera and Humboldt counties in the amounts of $3,414,000 for Madera and $16,586,000 for Humboldt; other business. 10 a.m., The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway. Contact: 916 445 5073.

Agenda and staff reports here.

Also available via TELEMEETING at BSCC Board Room, 2590 Venture Oaks Way, Rm. 101.


SAN FRANCISCO — Judicial Council of CA, the administrative policymaking body of CA courts, first of two days, considers reallocating two vacant judgeships each from the Superior Courts of the Counties of Santa Clara and Alameda to the Superior Courts of the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, comes after the passage of AB 103 (2017), which deemed Riverside and San Bernardino counties as having public safety needs significant enough to warrant the transfers; other business. 1:40 p.m., Judicial Council of California, 455 Golden Gate Ave. Contact: 415 865 4200.

Agenda and staff reports here.

REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.

Covered California has released its report, “Marketing Matters: Lessons From California to Promote Stability and Lower Costs in the National and State Individual Insurance Markets,” findings include: “Covered California’s extensive marketing has resulted in one of the best take-up rates and lowest risk scores in the nation, having saved consumers up to $1.3 billion in premiums in 2015 and 2016.” Contact: 916 206 7777.

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, ETC.

CORONA — Riverside County Women’s Leadership Conference, includes exhibits, networking and speakers including Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey on topics including “charting a path to success.” 8 a.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Ave. Contact: Gino Folchi, gino.folchi@boe.ca.gov.

Tickets $65, available here.

MISCELLANEOUS

“Walk to Thrive,” sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, departs from Capitol Mall Farmers Market; “bring your own water, we’ll provide the sunscreen.” 11:45 a.m., Kaiser Booth, 6th and Capitol Mall. Contact: kpwalktothrive@kp.org.


Golden State Capitol Toastmasters sponsors weekly meeting, participants improve their public speaking and leadership skills. 12:05 p.m., Rm. 126. Contact: Alex.Hirsch@lc.ca.gov.


SAN DIEGO — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones joins panel discussion on “Shifting Investor Perspectives on Climate Risk & Board Climate Competency,” part of conference sponsored by the Council of Institutional Investors, reports on “his efforts to address climate risk in the insurance industry, including his Climate Risk Carbon Initiative.” 3:45 p.m., San Diego Hilton Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd. Contact: 916 492 3566.


Legends of Wine, “taste the best wines from the Sacramento region as selected by wine legends Darrell Corti and David Berkley paired with artisan local cheese, lamb sliders and other bites,” part of Farm-to-Fork celebration series of events this month sponsored by Visit Sacramento. 6 p.m., 10th and Capitol. Contact: 916 808 7777.

Tickets $65, available here.

THIRD HOUSE

Recent filings with Secretary of State.

CLIENT ADDITIONS (Lobbying firm, client name, filing date): Capitol Advocacy, WelbeHealth, 9/12/17… Di Mare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, OCHIN Inc., 9/12/17… Henschel Governmental Affairs, Neihule Academy of Beauty, 9/12/17… Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Fund for the Public Good, 9/12/17… MEH Political Consulting Firm, American Labor Alliance, 9/12/17… Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, Western Plant Health Assn. for Kahn, Soares & Conway LLP, 9/12/17… Strategies 360, Alterna Capital Partners LLC, 9/12/17.

LOBBYISTS TERMINATING REGISTRATION (Lobbyist name, firm name, filing date): Catherine Saunders, Providence Equity Partners and Affiliated Entities, 9/12/17… J.D. Sitton, Barings, 9/12/17.

CANDIDATES AND COMMITTEES

Recent filings with Secretary of State.

STATEWIDE (Candidate’s name, Party, Office, Year, “Committee’s name,” Treasurer’s name, address and phone number): Nickolas Wildstar, Libertarian, Governor, 2018, “Wildstar for Governor 2018,” Nickolas Wildstar, 2900 Madison Ave. #D40, Fullerton, CA 92831, 818 538 4878.

LEGISLATURE (Candidate’s name, Party, Office, Year, “Committee’s name,” Treasurer’s name, address and phone number): Bob Brunton, Republican, AD 25, 2018, “Bob Brunton for State Assembly 2018,” Jeffrey Wald, 39199 Guardino Dr., Unit 373, Fremont, CA 94538, 510 468 2749.

GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEES (Committee’s name, “Purpose,” Treasurer’s name, address and phone number): Black Women’s Democratic Club, “Voter Education and Awareness,” Myla Rahman, 111 N. La Brea Ave., Ste. 408, Inglewood, CA 90301, 310 817 6679.

POLITICAL NOTES

Andrew Grant’s campaign for CD 7 reports that Grant has “signed Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” says: “There is no fiscal restraint in Washington and it is time we finally put an end to the tax and spend philosophy that’s lead to a nearly $20 trillion national debt.” Release here. Grant, a Republican, is CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center and a veteran of the US Marines. Contact: Jason Cabel Roe, jcroe@roestrategic.com.


Katie Porter’s campaign for CD 45 reports that Porter has endorsed US Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-All” plan he released Wednesday, says: “As a consumer advocate, I’ve seen how so many families – even with insurance – are just one medical emergency away from financial ruin.” Release herePorter, a Democrat, teaches consumer law at UC Irvine. She seeks to defeat incumbent Republican US Rep. Mimi Walters. Contact: Nathan Click, nathan@click-comms.com.


Sen. Connie Leyva’s campaign for re-election to SD 20 reports endorsements from Ironworkers Locals 433 and 416. Release here. Leyva, a Democrat, has represented SD 20 since 2014. Contact: Douglas Herman 626 535 0710.


Maria Elena Durazo’s campaign for SD 24 reports an endorsement from Asm. Miguel Santiago. Release here. Durazo, a Democrat, is a vice president of UNITE HERE and vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee. Contact: Richie Ross 916 441 1995.


Jovanka Beckles’ campaign for AD 15 reports an endorsement from Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison. Release hereBeckles, a Democrat, is a Richmond City Councilmember and a youth counselor. Contact: Gabriella Miroglio 510 862 8458.


Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley has released its latest poll, conducted online in English and Spanish among 1200 registered California voters, among its findings: “When California voters are asked about the general state of race relations in the US, a large majority (66%) believes they have worsened over the past year,” and “just 7% think they have improved;” also finds that “67% of the state’s voters have little confidence in President Donald Trump’s ability to handle the country’s race relations.” Release here. Contact: Mark DiCamillo 510 642 6835.

Classifieds

In each section, ads are arranged from newest to oldest. In parentheses, at the end of each ad, is its expiration date. Prices for subscribers are $45/week or $155/month.

PREVIEW

Friday, September 15, 2017

NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

BAKERSFIELD — Cynthia Rice, California Rural Legal Assistance, and others discuss “next steps in the wake of a settlement reached this summer with the Kern High School District over historic changes in school discipline policies that disproportionately impact students of color.” 5 p.m., 615 California Ave. Contact: Dolores Garay 415 730 4146.

THE LEGISLATURE

Senate — Session 10 a.m.

Interim Study Recess begins at the end of this day’s session; reconvenes January 3, 2018.

  • Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions (Tony Mendoza, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 3191.

Assembly — Session 11 a.m.

Interim Study Recess begins at the end of this day’s session; reconvenes January 3, 2018.

  • Rules (Ken Cooley, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 3162.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • 7 a.m.

    Schools on Point

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report 620: Marijuana Legalization

  • 9 a.m.

    Senate Floor Session LIVE

  • 5 p.m.

    California: State of Arts and Humanities

  • 7 p.m.

    Schools on Point

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report 620: Marijuana Legalization

  • 9 p.m.

    Assembly Floor Session (9.15.17)

  • 11:30 p.m.

    Senate Floor Session (9.15.17)

THE GOVERNOR

Nothing public announced as of 5:35 a.m. Contact: 916 445 4571.

THE DAILY BREAD

SATURDAY, LOS ANGELES — (Gabriel) Sandoval for Assembly 2017 (51st AD), reception, Co-Host $2500, Sponsor $1000, Supporter $500, Ticket $100, 2 p.m, Home of Cynthia Telles and Joe Waz, on S. Plymouth Blvd. Contact: 818 995 9442.

STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

SHAFTER — California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, hears presentation by Patty Poire of Grimmway Farms on the upcoming grand opening of Grimmway Academy Shafter, a charter school receiving $24 million in bond financing and over $1 million in private grants; other business. 10 a.m., Shafter Veterans Memorial Hall, 309 California Ave. Contact: Ismael Herrera 559 278 0519.

Agenda and staff reports here.

SPEECHES AND TALKS

CARSON — Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton addresses “7th Annual Pan African Global Trade & Investment Conference,” co-hosted by Africa-USA International Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others, discusses “the challenges and opportunities involved in expanding California businesses internationally, particularly in the fast-growing national economies of Africa,” also encourages attendees to “take advantage of available tax credits, trade incentives, business financing assistance and other resources.” 11 a.m., Carson Community Center, 3 Civic Plaza Dr. Contact: Jean Nakano 916 445 4154.

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, ETC.

Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus sponsors briefing on “protecting immigrants’ access to vital supports and services,” Prof. Tung Nguyen, UC San Francisco and others discuss “anti-immigrant policies” including “proposed executive order” that “threatens to strip” access “to healthcare, housing, food assistance” and other federal programs from lawful permanent residents. 9:30 a.m., Rm. 113. Contact: Sara Ying Rounsaville 415 300 5121.

Other speakers: Asm. Rob Bonta; Ninez Ponce, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; Thu Quach, Asian Health Services; Tanya Broder, National Immigration Law Center.

Followed by a luncheon at 11 a.m., SEIU CA office, 1130 K St., Suite 300.

RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Pres. Joanne Mounce, League of California Cities; Chair Bob Williams, Rural County Representatives of California, and others urge Gov. Brown to veto SB 649, “the telecom power grab,” say bill would “severely restrict” authority of cities and counties “to determine where wireless equipment can be install on public infrastructure,” furthermore it would establish “arbitrary and unfair reimbursement for the use of public property.” 10 a.m., North Steps. Contact: Eva Spiegel 530 400 9068.

Also listed: Blanca Castro, AARP; Exec. Dir. Barry Broad, CA Teamsters Public Affairs Councik; Jonathan Kramer, Telecom Law Firm.


Marc Grossman, United Farm Workers, and others call on the CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation to “immediately suspend use” of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide “applied in large quantities in California agriculture, especially on orange, walnut and almond groves,” say “exposure to even tiny amounts is linked to autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and IQ loss, along with neurological, respiratory, and developmental harms.” 12:30 p.m., Outside Cal/EPA Building, 1001 I St. Contact: Paul Towers 916 216 1082.

MISCELLANEOUS

VALLEJO — US Rep. John Garamendi receives “Vincent T. Hirsh Maritime Award for Outstanding Leadership” by the Navy League of the United States for, among other things, “legislation to export liquefied natural gas on US-flag, US-built ships” and encouraging “development of the America’s Marine Highways.” 12:30 p.m., California State University Maritime Academy, 200 Maritime Academy Dr. Contact: Donald Lathbury 202 570 3178.

Preceded by reception at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon.


Sen. Ben Hueso and Asms. Jose Medina, Jim Cooper and Kevin McCarty attend “Grito de Dolores,” a Mexican Independence Day celebration hosted by Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California, features traditional music, folk dances and food vendors. 6 p.m., West Steps. Contact: 916 801 2031.


Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. Chapter 500 hosts National POW/MIA Recognition Day event. 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Contact: 916 481 6020.


SATURDAY, Dept. of General Services holds its quarterly Surplus Property Auction, items includes cameras, golf clubs and exercise equipment seized by California Highway Patrol and National Transportation Security Administration. 10 a.m., Surplus Warehouse, 1700 National Dr. Contact: Michael Liang 916 376 1821.

Media may preview items by request Friday; public may preview items Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again Saturday from 8 to 9:45 a.m.

Details and list of items here.


SUNDAY, FAIR OAKS — Memorial service in honor of Bob Walters, former lobbyist with California Advocates who passed away Aug. 5 from cancer. 2 p.m., St. Francis Episcopal Church, 11430 Fair Oaks Blvd. Contact: Dee McCafferty 916 554 7415.

Followed by reception in the Parish Hall.


SUNDAY, BEVERLY HILLS — Former Asms. Mike Gatto and David Hadley co-host reception for USC’s Legislators in Residence Program, in which they are serving. 3 p.m., Home of Bob Shrum and Marylouise Oates, Address provided upon RSVP. Contact: Meghan Ginley 213 740 8511.

WEEKENDS AT THE CAPITOL

SATURDAY, Fifth annual Walk for Life, sponsored by Greater Sacramento Aneurysm AVM Support Group, fundraiser for support groups helping brain aneurysm survivors and their families. 9 a.m, West Steps. Contact: 916 734 5613.


SATURDAY, Members of American Society of Landscape Architects observe “Sacramento United Parking Day,” transform parking spaces into miniature public spaces or “parklets,” showcase “creativity of our community.” 9 a.m., Traffic Circle. Contact: parkingday@asla-sierra.org


SUNDAY, Walk for Brain Injury, sponsored by Brain Injury Assn. of California. 7 a.m., West Steps. Contact: 661 872 4903.


SUNDAY, “Unity Through Hip Hop” event designed to “bring social awareness and promote unity through hip hop, not just rap music, but through art, breakdancing and the original elements that started the hip hop culture.” 5 p.m., North Side. Contact: CHP Capitol Permit Office 916 445 3876.