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Grab your wand and a Gryffindor robe. Gov. Jerry Brown will be at Universal Studios Hollywood this morning for what his office calls "a special announcement that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars into California's economy, help create jobs and support our tourism industry."

He'll be on hand as NBCUniversal announces that Southern California will be home to a new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Maybe Brown can learn some wizardry to help pass his tax plan.

When it comes to another project Brown touts as a job-creator, California voters are having buyers' remorse.

David Siders reports
that "nearly two-thirds of voters, or 64 percent, want the Legislature to call for a re-vote," according to the latest Field Poll.

Find the new poll results here and the tabulations, exclusive to Capitol Alert, here.

How is California growing? The state Department of Finance will release its annual population report this morning, with data to show how all 58 counties' population changed between July 2010 and July 2011.

PLANNING AHEAD: On Wednesday night Brown, First Lady Anne Gust and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to light the Capitol Christmas tree. Festivities begin on the west steps at 4:30 p.m. Bring non-perishable food items for the California Emergency Foodlink. You can also watch it via webcast.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will not be with Brown at the tree lighting. The Governor's Office incorrectly listed Newsom as an attendee. Updated 1 p.m., Jan. 6, 2011.



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