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California lawmakers are working against two deadlines as they convene today.

The Assembly meets at noon, the Senate at 2 p.m. Each house will be plowing through bills ahead of the Jan. 31 deadline to pass any measures introduced last year.

A week from Wednesday - Feb. 1 - is the day the state's redevelopment agencies go poof unless the Legislature resuscitates them ... and Gov. Jerry Brown signs off on the move, which looks unlikely.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's Senate Bill 654 would, among other things, let the local government of a dissolving redevelopment agency retain the money in the agency's low- and moderate-income housing fund.

Then there's Sen. Alex Padilla's Senate Bill 659, which would postpone the dissolution date to April 15.

Brown said last Thursday during his tax campaign swing through Southern California that he would oppose legislation extending the agencies' termination date, quipping, "I don't think we can delay this funeral."

Meanwhile, it's Ed Roberts Day.

Readers may remember that Roberts was inducted late last year into the California Hall of Fame, whose website describes him as "a civil rights leader for people with disabilities" and "the father of the independent living movement."

Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who carried the bill proclaiming Jan. 23 each year to be Ed Roberts Day, will join the late activist's mother, Zona Roberts, and dozens of disabled high school students from the Bay Area at a celebration of his life this morning on the UC Berkeley campus.

POLITICAL RADIO: The recently launched Cristina Channel on Sirius XM satellite radio is targeting Latino voters with a bipartisan and bilingual political program called "Power Play," co-hosted by Republican Bettina Inclán and Democrat Alicia Menendez. The program will air every Tuesday and Thursday. Click here for more information.


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