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Yesterday, it was public pensions. Today's theme -- judging by what legislators are talking up -- is business.

Assemblymen Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, and Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, will tell pancake-eating members of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce what folks in Sacramento did and didn't do in the past year. Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, is offering his own spin on the same subject to a committee of the Orange County Business Council meeting in Irvine.

Fuentes is also heading to the 23rd annual Business Forecast Conference at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City. Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, and former legislator Paul Krekorian, who's now on the Los Angeles City Council, are also expected to attend. Panel subjects run from high-tech and green jobs to tourism and banking.

Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare, meanwhile, visits a career-technical training program at Granite Hills High School in Porterville this morning. And this afternoon, Sen. Michael Rubio, D-East Bakersfield, co-sponsors a Harvest Festival in Bakersfield that offers information on vocational training and other matters.

Back in Sacramento, the California Senior Legislature wraps up its four-day session by unveiling its top 10 proposals for state legislators to consider and another 10 ideas for Congress. The news conference starts at 9:30 a.m. in the state Capitol's Room 1190. Click here to read previous proposals, several of which have been signed into law.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Birthday wishes to Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, who turns 66 today, and to Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who turns 46. And Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, is celebrating his birthday at a fundraiser reception and dinner dance tonight at the Pacific Palms Hotel in the City of Industry. For the record, Huff turned 58 -- back on Sept. 9.


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