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February 9, 2009
AM Alert: 96 days...

Believe it or not, it's been 96 days since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called a special session to address California's historic budget shortfall.

The wait for a budget fix continues.

Workers in both houses of the state Legislature have today off, recognizing Lincoln's Birthday a few days early. They'll also have next Monday off for Washington's Birthday.

Leadership says key budget staff will still be working.

CAPTION CONTEST: You have until just before midnight tonight to enter the Capitol Alert caption contest featuring the Dianne Feinstein-Leon Panetta grip-and-grin.

PROPOSITION 11: The state auditor's office holds the second public meeting to get input on its selection process for the Citizens Redistricting Commission. That's the group that will draw California's new political boundaries for Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization seats following the next census.

2010 WATCH: Lt. Gov. John Garamendi will be in Monterey today, announcing his support for a statewide ban on take-out Styrofoam packaging. He'll be joined by local and environmental officials.

Funny, some other city with a mayor who happens to be exploring a run for governor also banned such to-go containers.

Speaking of big-city mayors who might run for governor, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles was on NPR's Morning Edition on Friday talking about the federal stimulus package and why money should go directly to cities and not through Sacramento.

"Because when it goes that way you never get your fair share, that's why," Villaraigosa said. "We're 26 percent of the population in California. We often times get 12 percent of the money, sometimes 16, 18 but that's after a fight."

Except, no doubt, when he was the speaker of the Assembly.



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