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Today's menu includes ramen and Top 10 actions, not necessarily in that order.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who'll be meeting with the Bay Area Council in San Francisco this afternoon, has set today as the deadline for the Bureau of State Audits and the Little Hoover Commission to give him with lists of things the state can do to reduce government waste and inefficiency.

Brown asked that their top 10 lists each include five measures that he can implement through executive order.

After cell phones, state cars and tchotchkes, what's next? Ramen for breakfast?

Some community college students think so. They're staging what they're calling a "ramen-in" -- backed by the California Federation of Teachers -- to protest proposed fee hikes. They'll deliver packets of ramen noodles this afternoon to the governor's offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Other community college students, faculty and staff members will instead present a diploma of sorts to legislators that quantifies the number of students they say will be forced out of college under an all-cuts budget at more than 400,000.

Actually, the Community College League of California uses a much more precise number -- 407,787. Read more about the group's efforts here.

The group is also delivering the diplomas to the district offices of five Republican Assembly members -- Katcho Achadjian of San Luis Obispo, Bill Berryhill of Ceres, Connie Conway of Tulare, Paul Cook of Yucca Valley and Kristin Olsen of Modesto -- in hopes that they'll vote to put Brown's tax-extension measure on the ballot.

Legislators will have an opportunity to say yea or nay on the budget bill next week, as David Siders reports in today's Bee.

NEW JOB: Andrea Saul is joining Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC as a communications adviser. Saul was GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina's press secretary last year and has also worked for Republican U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Romney is among the Republicans road-testing a possible run for president in 2012.

ALSO MOVING ON: Former legislative staffer Paul Hegyi is being promoted to vice president of political and external affairs at the California Medical Association and will direct its political action committee. Hegyi joined the association in August after working for a number of Republican legislators. He replaces David Pruitt, who is opening his own shop, David Pruitt Consulting, to focus on political fundraising and strategy.

SWEARING IN, PART 2: Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, will be sworn in (again) Saturday at a ceremony in his district at California State University, Dominguez Hills, starting at 3 p.m. Listed speakers include Controller John Chiang and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

ALL THINGS ARNOLD: If you happen to find yourself in Ohio this weekend, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to make an appearance Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the annual Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, turns 45 today.


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