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President Barack Obama makes another swing through California this week, starting with a fundraiser tonight in Los Angeles and a sit-down with Jay Leno.

The commander in chief's evening, in fact, will be chock-full of big Southern California names.

Air Force One is scheduled to land at LAX at 4:50 p.m., after which Obama will be whisked to the home of Hollywood notables Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. There, "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria is co-hosting a Latino gala fundraiser for Obama and the Democratic National Committee.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro are among those expected to attend. Tickets range from $5,000 to $35,800. Even if you can afford it, you're out of luck.

Word is the president leaves the south state at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday for San Francisco and then Denver. Somewhere in there, Obama will tape an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," scheduled to run Tuesday. It's his fourth chat with Leno, and the second since he became president, according to NBC.

Back in Sacramento, the Senate Transportation and Housing committees hold a hearing on fuels of the future and meeting the goals of AB 32, California's landmark -- and controversial -- law on greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting, chaired by Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 112. No desperate housewives are expected to attend.

And in Fresno, a select committee on rural California's renewable energy economy, headed by Democratic Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez of Coachella, looks at opportunities presented by the state's renewable portfolio standards. Find that hearing at Fresno City College, 1101 E. University Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m.

SENIOR SOLONS: The California Senior Legislature opens its 31st session at 9 a.m. in the Assembly chambers. Listed speakers for the four-day event include Attorney General Kamala Harris, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Health and Human Services Secretary Diane Dooley and Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino. Click here for more information.



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