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Here's a new date to mark on the calendar: Oct. 9. It's the last day for Gov. Jerry Brown to say "yea" or "nay" on the flurry of bills now in his possession.

So, let the public appeals begin. To that end, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo joins students from the University of California and elsewhere at 11 a.m. on the Capitol's north steps to urge Brown to sign the second half of the state's Dream Act.

Brown has already signed the Los Angeles Democrat's Dream Act Part One, otherwise known as Assembly Bill 130. It allows students who are in the country illegally but qualify for in-state tuition to apply for private financial aid.

The broader Assembly Bill 131 would let those students seek public financial aid, including Cal Grants. Brown said last month he wanted the measure tweaked to reduce costs.

The amended measure delays implementation until Jan. 1, 2013, among other changes. Claudia Magaña, the president of the UC Student Association, says the group will deliver thousands of signed postcards asking Brown to sign the bill.

Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan heads to San Francisco to highlight his Assembly Bill 395, a March of Dimes-backed proposal to permanently add fatal bubble boy disease -- also called severe combined immunodeficiency -- to the list of ailments for which California newborns are screened.

The Sacramento pediatrician will be joined by families whose children were identified as having the disease during an 18-month pilot program set to end in February. Their news conference starts at 10:30 a.m. at the UCSF Parnassus Campus courtyard, 505 Parnassus Ave.

LUNCH TALK: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the nonprofit Pacific Community Ventures regarding his economic agenda and the role of small businesses in the state's economy. His talk starts at 12:30 p.m. at UCSF Mission Bay, Conference Center 1, in San Francisco.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Carol Liu, D- La Cañada Flintridge, turns 69 today.


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