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DAN WALTERS DAILY: Dan's latest video report describes California politicians playing the ballot name game.

Yesterday, the Capitol got wrapped up in hoodies and a Republican budget proposal that cuts state worker pay.

Today, it's Cesar Chavez Day observed, and the sound you hear is the sound of the silence. Legislators have left Sacramento for spring recess. They'll be gone all next week, too, returning April 9 after Easter and the first days of Passover.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, is holding a luncheon fundraiser today at Spataro restaurant at 1415 L St. across from the Capitol from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets run from $500 to $5,000 if you want to get in the door.

State schools chief Tom Torlakson is speaking at a ribbon-cutter for South San Francisco Unified School District's solar projects. That event starts at 1:30 p.m. at Westborough Middle School in South San Francisco.

After that, the calendar turns to the weekend. Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 500, are laying a wreath at Capitol Park's Vietnam Memorial on Saturday at noon. Listed speakers include Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento. The occasion is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

Also Saturday, Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada of Davis is holding a forum on veterans benefits with the Yolo County Veterans Coalition. That event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans' Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, turns 60 on Saturday.



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