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Troubled Vernon.JPGOne day after his attempt to dissolve the tiny but troubled city of Vernon suffered defeat on the Senate floor, Assembly Speaker John A.Pérez paid a visit to the upper house.

The Los Angeles Democrat didn't waste much time in heading to the desk of Democratic Sen. Kevin de León, a key player in derailing the speaker's prized Assembly Bill 46.

Judging by a photo of the Tuesday convo snapped by the Associated Press' Rich Pedroncelli, the two one-time rivals for Assembly Speaker, who represent overlapping Los Angeles districts, weren't simply exchanging pleasantries or discussing the Dodgers' latest win.

We weren't privy to the words exchanged, so we've decided to let our Alert readers offer their version of the chat by entering our latest Capitol Alert Caption Contest.
For those who need a refresher, here are the rules:

1. Look at the picture. (Click on it to make it larger)
2. Write a caption.
3. E-mail it to us.

When sending in submissions, feel free to request anonymity. Only those willing to have their real names published, however, can win the grand prize: a $25 gift certificate to a capital coffee shop (entrants residing outside Sacramento can request any coffee chain).

Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. Send submissions to capitolalertcontests@gmail.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, left, talks with state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, during the Senate session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. On Monday, de León helped scuttle a measure by Pérez that would have dissolved the troubled Los Angeles-area city of Vernon Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press.



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