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It's all ears for Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address this morning -- and no golf whispers in Assembly chambers.

The annual address, which begins at 10 a.m., requires a fair amount of media choreography.

Live trucks can start lining up at 6 a.m. for a security sweep from California Highway Patrol officers before they're allowed on Capitol grounds. If they get there after 7 a.m., they'll be out of luck.

Then reporters hauling radio and television gear will set it up. Everybody needs to be in place by 9:25 a.m. They also need to be sporting business attire, or they could find themselves ejected from chambers.

Another no-no: ringing cellphones.

Come back later -- The Bee will be broadcasting the governor's address live at You'll also find it at CalChannel. Live audio also will be available on Capital Public Radio station KXJZ-FM 90.9 in Sacramento.

After his State of the State address, Brown will be heading to Southern California to talk up his ballot measure on taxes to California voters, as David Siders and Torey Van Oot report in today's Bee.

First, he'll be talking at Los Angeles City Hall, starting at 2 p.m. That event will be webcast live at the governor's website. Later, at 4 p.m., he'll meet privately with teachers at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank. Thursday, Brown will make his pitch in Irvine and San Diego.

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR: The Senate Rules Committee considers gubernatorial appointments, with Public Utilities Commission members Michael Florio and Catherine Sandoval required to appear. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 113.


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