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Today's main attraction: Gov. Jerry Brown's speech on the state of the state.

Brown said last week that, yes, he'll be talking about the budget, as David Siders writes in today's Bee.

"But we have to have some optimism, too," Brown said, "about how great everything is and how rich California is and how we're going to create all these jobs, and have enough water, and fix our schools, and deal with, you know, curriculum."

Senate Republican leader Bob Dutton and Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway will be releasing pre-taped video responses and written responses after Brown's speech.

Meanwhile, Aaron McLear -- who used to work for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- is teaming up with Democratic consultant Steve Maviglio to dissect Brown's speech for KOVR/CBS13.

Media types got a long list of procedures to follow for security sweeps and positions in the press bay:

"Electronic communication devices (such as cell phones) must be turned off or placed on 'silent' mode upon entering the Assembly Chambers," the memo says. "No 'golf whispers' will be permitted during session. Dress code (business attire) will be strictly enforced."

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Final numbers on donations and spending on last year's campaigns -- Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown and more -- are due today by midnight at the Fair Political Practices Commission.

SCHOOLS: The Davenport Institute releases a study of how money was spent and allocated in California K-12 public school districts from mid-2003 to mid-2009. That news conference starts at 11 a.m. at the CalChamber office in Sacramento at 1215 K St., Suite 1400.


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