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Capitol denizens are more likely today to see California schoolkids enjoying a field trip or musicians playing a rotunda gig than a lawmaker walking the halls.

In fact, the entire all-girls Hamlin School of San Francisco -- from kindergarten through eighth grade -- is making a "pilgrimage to Sacramento" -- so says its website -- in part for a rally on the Capitol's west steps at 10:30 a.m. to mark this year's 100th anniversary of California women's right to vote.

The fifth-graders will even be making a stop at The Bee to learn about dead-tree news operations as well as "the differences in diverse media."

If you're looking for a committee hearing to follow, though, you'll have to wait until Monday. Legislators are out and about -- just not under the dome.

Democratic Assemblyman Bill Monning, for instance, is touring the after-school program at Watsonville's Cesar Chavez Middle School. Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is visiting the after-school program at Elk Grove's Irene B. West Elementary School. And Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley is one of the speakers at a Local Clean and Green Conference in Berkeley sponsored by the UC Berkeley and UCLA law schools.

Meanwhile, the latest Field Poll won't be stopping any presses or firing up the Twitterverse: Californians aren't happy with Congress.

But three out of every four Democrats, Republicans and nonpartisans surveyed actually agree on this: They think the super committee's failure to agree on how to reduce the country's budget deficit is "very serious." They just don't agree on who's to blame.

Michael Doyle has details in today's Bee. Learn more details from the publicly released poll as well as the statistical tabulations done exclusively for Capitol Alert.

SCHOOLS: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson talks in Anaheim at noon to participants of the 90th annual California Educational Research Association conference about his take on the direction of the state's educational system.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Republican Assemblymen Chris Norby of Fullerton and Donald P. Wagner of Irvine both celebrate their birthdays on Sunday. Norby turns 62, and Wagner turns 51.



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