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University of California regents are meeting this morning ... at four different campuses.

The board was to meet earlier this month but canceled that gathering after warnings of violent protests, as The Bee's Laurel Rosenhall reported in this post.

The board -- connected by teleconference from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Davis and Merced -- will discuss, among other things, UC's request to the state for $2.8 billion next year. Click here for more information about the meeting.

An Assembly budget subcommittee, meanwhile, heads to the south state for a look at restoration of the Salton Sea.

The oversight hearing, chaired by Democratic Assemblyman Rich Gordon of Menlo Park, will take testimony from representatives of the Legislative Analyst's Office, several state agencies, the Salton Sea Authority, as well as Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit and others.

The meeting runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the North Shore Community Center in the Riverside County community of Mecca. It will be webcast live at this website of Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, in whose district the meeting is being held. Click here to find a link to the agenda, and click here to read the Legislative Analyst's Office report dated January 2008 on restoration of the Salton Sea.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Belated birthday wishes go to Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, who turned 51 on Thanksgiving. Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, turns 63 today.



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