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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Elk Grove today to talk up green jobs for California.

Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are announcing a federal-state agreement billed as advancing the state's goals on renewable energy as well as creating clean-energy jobs in the Golden State.

The presser starts at 11 a.m. at solar farms now run by Recurrent Energy, which is selling them to Google Inc., as The Bee's Rick Daysog mentioned in this story earlier this week. Recurrent Energy's CEO, Arno Harris, is also expected to be on hand.

Salazar was in Los Angeles on Thursday and is scheduled to visit Fort Ord in Monterey County this afternoon. It's all part of his swing this week through California and Arizona touting the economic benefits of clean energy, tourism and conservation.

The governor, meanwhile, will be in Los Angeles this weekend for an appearance at a 11th annual multifaith prayer breakfast put on by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Executive Clergy Council. Brown's talk Saturday is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Power of Love Church on West Manchester Avenue.

As for the Legislature, it's a per diem day in the Senate and the Assembly. Both houses have scheduled sessions, which aren't expected to be lengthy, in advance of Monday's legislative holiday marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Committee hearings start up again on Tuesday, with the Senate Appropriations Committee set to take up Sen. Mark Leno's Senate Bill 810 on single-payer health coverage starting at noon. For the record, the measure lists 29 co-authors -- all Democrats.

WATCH LIST: Governing magazine has named Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, one of the nation's 12 state lawmakers to watch this year. Lieu is "that rare Democratic political figure who combines it all," Democratic strategist Garry South told the Washington, D.C.-based monthly. He was the only Californian to make the list. Read the full article at this link.

MEMORIAL: A public memorial service will be held Saturday in Montebello to celebrate the life of Marcella Calderon, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon's wife, who died earlier this month. The memorial begins at 1 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center at 1200 W. Mines Ave.

STATE BUDGET: Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor says Gov. Jerry Brown's budget would help bring the state's spending in line but relies on volatile income, as The Bee's Kevin Yamamura reported earlier this week. The Assembly Republican Caucus has also launched a website giving its take on the governor's proposal. You'll find it at this link.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Jim Silva, R-Huntington Beach, celebrates his 68th birthday on Sunday.


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