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Credit Assemblyman Roger Dickinson with promoting a friendly competition to boost canned-food collection for "Operation Gobble," which delivers turkeys to Sacramento families in need.

He's challenging the Legislature to do more for the cause than 5th grade classes at Bannon Creek Elementary School, Leonardo da Vinci School and Theodore Judah Elementary School.

You'll find collection receptacles in Room 3126 at the Capitol, Dickinson's district office at 915 L St. and at entrances to the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building.

The contest ends Nov. 17. You have a month, people.

Today's Sacramento Press Club luncheon features former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who is touring with tales of her state's economic difficulties and her new book on the subject. If you didn't sign up for the lunch, you can catch her appearance on The Daily Show here.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is on the road today, talking about health care reform at the annual convention of the California Alliance for Retired Americans. He'll speak at 10:45 a.m. in Long Beach.

What will climate change regulations mean for the state's agricultural industry? The chair of the bipartisan Legislative Rural Caucus, Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, R-Fresno, will hold a hearing on the subject today.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce.

Participants include Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and Assemblyman David Valadao, as well as representatives of the state Air Resources Board and local agricultural businesses.



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