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President Barack Obama is coming to the West Coast for a little fundraising love.

Air Force One is set to touch down at LAX at 4 p.m. Obama will then attend a dinner at the Beverly Hills home of soap opera writer and producer Bradley Bell, famous for "The Bold and the Beautiful," according to this Annenberg TV News report. A Foo Fighters concert is also on the menu.

The president will also make stops in San Francisco and Seattle on Thursday and Friday.

Back in Sacramento, expect drama in the Senate Rules Committee. Members are considering governor's appointees, and one of those required to appear is Adjutant General David S. Baldwin, who now heads the California National Guard.

Brigadier General Charlotte L. Miller, who got ousted as Baldwin took charge last year, announced earlier this week that she would testify against his nomination, calling him "unfit for command."

The Bee's Charles Piller, whose investigations into double-dip pay at the state's National Guard led to Baldwin's predecessor being booted into retirement, wrote about Baldwin in this story last summer after Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him.

The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 112. Come back to The Bee this afternoon for more on the story. Also required to appear: Cal-EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, a Brown appointee from last summer who will probably be happy not to draw the same attention.

Meanwhile, it's time once again for "Family Feud, Capitol Style." The California YMCA's Youth & Government program is holding its ninth annual fundraising competition at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, starting at 5 p.m. The event emcee is former Senate Republican leader Jim Brulte, and Sen. Alan Lowenthal is listed as judge.

Listed for the Republican "family": Senate GOP leader Bob Huff, Sens. Bill Emmerson and Mimi Walters, Assembly GOP leader Connie Conway and Assemblyman Brian Nestande.

Listed for the Democratic "family": Assembly members Bonnie Lowenthal, Ricardo Lara, Rich Gordon and Isadore Hall, as well as Resources Secretary John Laird.

ELECTION 2012: Democratic congressional candidate Ami Bera is joining volunteers staffing a phone bank asking voters to call the office of his rival, GOP Rep. Dan Lungren, to request that Lungren's House Administration Committee set a hearing for a bill that would require Congress to pass its budget on time or risk not getting paid. A Senate committee is holding a hearing on March 7, according to The Hill. The Bera campaign cranks it up at 6:30 p.m. at 6254 Orsi Circle in Carmichael.


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