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The California Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this morning in one of the state's budget nail-biters, California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos.

Cities and redevelopment agencies have sued to stop the state from axing 400 or so agencies while letting them reopen if they contribute funds to schools. Here's the case summary, courtesy of the court:

Original proceeding. The court issued an order to show cause directing the parties to show cause why the relief prayed for in the petition for writ of mandate should not be granted. This case involves the validity of recent legislation ... dissolving and reenacting with changes the statutory framework for redevelopment agencies.

The state Supreme Court put the case on a fast track, placing most of the new provisions on hold and promising to issue a ruling by mid-January. The California Channel will air the hearing on its local cable channels as well as its website, It runs from 9 to 10 a.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown, meanwhile, is talking green at noon as electric vehicle firm CODA officially opens its global headquarters in Los Angeles.

CODA makes all-electric cars named, appropriately enough, CODA, which you can view online at the company's website or its Westfield Century City store in Los Angeles. The base price, including destination charge, runs $45,795, according to the online calculator. Range is estimated at 150 miles.

Also in the south state, Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez chairs an Assembly hearing on trade and foreign investment along the California-Mexico border. Listed speakers include the mayors of Calexico and Mexicali, as well as representatives of the Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali, the Center for International Trade and Development, the Imperial County Farm Bureau and other agencies.

The hearing runs from 9 a.m. to noon in Calexico's city hall. Assemblymen Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, are also expected to attend. Click here to read the preliminary agenda.

FPPC: The Fair Political Practices Commission meets at 10 a.m. to consider, among other things, the legal issues surrounding the Kinde Durkee case but won't be making any decisions, chairwoman Ann Ravel said Wednesday via Twitter. Find the agenda at this link.


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