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State lawmakers convene in Los Angeles this morning to talk about - what else? - jobs, and they won't be alone.

House Speaker John Boehner, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are all expected to make stops today in the south state.

The Assembly Select Committee on Job Creation for the New Economy, chaired by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, kicks off its first meeting at 9 a.m., on the California State University, Los Angeles, campus.

The subject: "Job Creation for in the 21st Century: Planning for the Future."

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles and former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, of the Think Long Committee for California, are among those scheduled to attend.

Newsom will be on campus, too, to continue pressing his jobs plan. Newsom, Pérez, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and two Republican assemblymen, Fletcher and Cameron Smyth, are scheduled to participate in a town hall-style event at 10 a.m.

They will take questions via Twitter, and a live webcast is scheduled.

Boehner is expected to attend a GOP fundraiser at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach. The liberal advocacy group Courage Campaign is planning a protest.

In Pasadena, Torlakson is scheduled to speak about education at the Green California Schools Summit & Exposition.

ON THE MEND: Republican Sen. Sharon Runner is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a broken elbow. The Lancaster Republican's office said Friday the injury was sustained "during a friendly sports competition with family."

CONTEST DEADLINE: Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. for this Capitol Alert punch line contest involving state Controller John Chiang.

CAKE & CANDLES: Best wishes to Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, who celebrates his 54th birthday today.


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