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The state budget will be front and center today as Gov. Jerry Brown's finance director, Ana Matosantos, talks to members of the California Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon forum.

Over the holidays, Brown adviser Steve Glazer was tapped to advise CalChamber's political action committee on matters involving Democratic candidates in this year's elections, as The Bee's David Siders reported in this post. Republican strategist Rob Stutzman is the chamber's GOP adviser.

Speaking of elections, the California Redistricting Commission holds a teleconference this afternoon for a report on the state Supreme Court hearing earlier this week, which The Bee's Jim Sanders wrote about here, plus a status update on the ballot proposal to block its state Senate maps. You'll find the commission's agenda for today's meeting at this link.

The high court has said it will decide by the end of the month which maps the state should use in this year's elections. The secretary of state's office announced this week that a random check of petition signatures didn't hit the target needed to avoid a full check to see whether the proposal qualifies for the November ballot. Election officials now have until Feb. 24 to complete that full check.

Anybody who wants to run for state Senate, meanwhile, needs to formally file candidacy papers between Feb. 13 and March 9, according to the state's primary election calendar.

Click here for more information about the ballot measure, posted at the secretary of state's website.

BROADBAND COUNCIL: Members of the California Broadband Council meet with the Federal Communications Commission's chief counsel and members of the state's Public Utilities Commission about expanding broadband access to all areas of the state. The council, set up by a bill authored by Sen. Alex Padilla, is charged with eliminating the state's so-called "digital divide." The roundtable starts at 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 112 and will be streamed live on CalChannel at this link.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, turns 52 today.



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