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At California State University, Fullerton, students are planning a 1 p.m. flash mob.

At CSU Los Angeles, they'll perform a piece of guerrilla theater titled "Chancellor Reed and the Board of Trustees Exposed."

UC Berkeley will serve as the site for a daylong protest organized by a group known as Occupy Cal.

Unhappiness over tuition hikes is prompting plenty of action on California's college campuses today. More protests are planned for Wednesday, and the UC Board of Regents has taken the rare step of cancelling its meeting this week, citing the possibility of violence and vandalism.

Find Laurel Rosenhall's story here.

MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, holds its Los Angeles Awards Gala today, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Westin Bonaventure.

They'll pay tribute to singer Linda Ronstadt, community activist Roland Palencia and Antonia Hernandez, president & CEO of the California Community Foundation.

Among those scheduled to make presentations: actresses Eva Longoria and Carla Jimenez and singers Pepe Aguilar and Nydia Rojas. Individual tickets are $275.

INSIGHT: Catch The Bee's Laurel Rosenhall this morning at 10 a.m. on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" with Jeffrey Callison, 90.9 on your FM dial. The two will discuss higher education, from tuition hikes and protests to future budget plans.

HIGH-SPEED RAIL: The new bullet train business plan gets an airing today in Palo Alto. Led by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, chair of the budget subcommittee that handles transportation, the 1:30 p.m. public hearing is available online here. Select Channel 29.

Rail authority CEO Roloef Van Ark and board members Jim Hartnett and Michael Rossi are scheduled to appear.

PLANNING AHEAD: This year's Christmas tree lighting on the Capitol steps is set for 4:45 p.m. on December 7. The tree, a white fir from El Dorado County, will be lit with 10,000 LED lights.



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