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Gov. Jerry Brown, always good for an entertaining quote, will have plenty of opportunity today to wax eloquent on the state's budget and economy.

He'll participate in a one-on-one discussion with Michael Milken, who went on to become a philanthropist and anti-cancer crusader after his conviction for securities fraud, at the Milken Institute's 13th Annual State of the State Conference.

No webcast available, unfortunately, but The Bee's David Siders will be there - watch Capitol Alert for updates on the event, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Later, Brown will swear in Peter Gravett as secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs at the West Los Angeles Veterans Home.

In the week that California marked the 100th anniversary of the initiative, the Field Poll has a new poll examining opinions about the process.

One key finding: Seven in ten California voters now believe they are more likely than elected officials to "consider the broad public interest in making decisions about state
government policies and laws."

Just 42 percent said the same in 1982.

Click here to find the full poll, and here for tabulations produced exclusively for Capitol Alert.

CSU PRESIDENTS' PAY: The CSU Board of Trustees' Special Committee on Presidential Selection and Compensation will meet in Long Beach today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today as it works on developing its recommendations.

You can listen live to the audio stream here.

FRAUD VICTIMS: California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, unhappy about the way a state fund for corporate fraud victims is working, will hold a news conference today to call on Secretary of State Debra Bowen to stop delaying payments. The event is set for 10:30 a.m. on the north steps of the state Capitol.

CAKE & CANDLES: Happy Birthday to Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who turns 61 today.



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