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Gov. Jerry Brown continues his two-day campaign through Southern California today, talking up his ballot proposal on taxes.

First, he'll be meeting privately with members of the Orange County Business Council at 9:30 a.m. in Irvine. Then he's set to speak at the City Club of San Diego at noon.

Brown's advisers said Wednesday that he would start collecting signatures for his tax initiative immediately, as David Siders reports in today's Bee.

Back at the Capitol, both the Senate and the Assembly have scheduled sessions for 9 a.m.

Friday is the deadline for any committee to report to the floor any bill introduced last year in their respective houses.

On the Senate side, the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will conduct an overview of Brown's proposed budget. That hearing will start in the Capitol's Room 4203 after the Senate Appropriations Committee adjourns.

The Appropriations Committee will meet, appropriately enough, after the Senate session itself adjourns. Some 30 bills remain on the suspense file, including Sen. Mark Leno's Senate Bill 810 on single-payer health care coverage, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's Senate Bill 654 on redevelopment.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, will meet in Room 4202 after the lower house's session adjourns. You'll find its agenda at this link.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, turns 38 today.



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