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Gov.-elect Jerry Brown hosts a gathering of state lawmakers today to jump-start the discussion on the bad budget situation they will inherit when he takes office early next month.

All 120 state legislators and 1,200 local officials were invited to the 10.m. forum. It is unclear how many have RSVPed, though all four legislative leaders -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Senate GOP leader Bob Dutton, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Assembly GOP leader Connie Conway -- will be at the 10 a.m. event at Memorial Hall.

Also sharing the stage will be Ana Matosantos, the now-former Schwarzenegger finance director Brown announced yesterday would stay on board as his top budget adviser, as well as Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Controller John Chiang.

The meeting is closed to the public, but SacBee.com will have live coverage during the event. Watch the live webcast from Memorial Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m., follow Twitter updates from audience members and join a live chat.

Brown has already met with legislators from both caucuses -- dining with Democrats on Sunday night and addressing Republicans during a breakfast Monday. His outreach has so far been welcomed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

"I feel right now, we're still on the first date, so to speak, but he certainly seems receptive to our thoughts or ideas," Dutton said Monday.

REDISTRICTING: Have questions about the redrawing of state political district lines under the newCitizens Redistricting Commission? The Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Target Book are hosting a morning of panels on the subject, "Changes and Challenges facing the Citizens Redistricting Commission." The conference starts at 9:30 a.m. at Dental Association Rotunda at 1201 K St.



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