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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state, for years, has "lacked a strategic, statewide economic plan," and he's got an app for that.

Newsom will be in the Bay Area at an invitation-only event co-hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, where he will unveil a report titled "An Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda for California," which advises the state to look to exports, manufacturing, cutting-edge technologies and clean jobs.

Among the report's other suggestions: Create a "California government app store" to support business development and economic growth, including a competition for programmers to come up with an app "enabling seamless registration for state and local taxes, licensing and permitting within an individual jurisdiction."

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wyse Technology in San Jose. Newsom's news conference starts at 11 a.m., followed by two panel discussions. All will be broadcast live via webcast at Click here to read a news release, which lists panel participants.

Political junkies, it's time to pore over the Citizens Redistricting Commission's final maps.

The commission meets at 9 a.m. to vote on the maps, and all 14 members are scheduled to talk about them in a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 1190.

The maps then will be subject to public review until the commission votes again on Aug. 15 to adopt them. Click here for the commission's website.

The Bee's Jim Sanders reported earlier this week that the commission is costing far more than voters were told and needs to ask the Legislature for more money if it's going to keep its doors open for three years.

WELCOME, STUDENTS: The Muslim Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of California, welcomes 11th- and 12th-graders on the Assembly floor at 2:15 p.m., followed by a mock legislation orientation at 3:15 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 112.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, turns 36 today.


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