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Dan Walters, in today's video report, gives his take on what's behind California's latest unemployment figures.

U.S. Rep. Howard Berman is in Sacramento to raise money for his closely watched -- and expensive -- campaign against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman in Southern California.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez are among the listed hosts for the $1,000-a-plate reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Click here to read the invitation.

Meanwhile, expect another busy week under the dome. Friday is the last day for policy committees to pass fiscal bills introduced in their house.

One talker, or should we say barker, that's up for discussion today is Senate Bill 969 by Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, to regulate pet groomers. Click on the links to see the Senate committee and the Assembly committee lineups. Both houses have floor sessions at noon.

Outside the Capitol, members of the California State Student Association are gathering on the north steps at 10 a.m. before the California State University students meet with legislators all day.

PHOTOS: The Department of Fish and Game's director, Chuck Bonham, is announcing the grand-prize winner of a wildlife photo contest sponsored by the department and California Watchable Wildlife. That event starts at 1 p.m. on the Capitol's south steps. The 12 top images will be displayed this week outside the govenor's office. Click here to read more.

VIGIL: Members of Impact Teen Drivers are conducting a vigil honoring teens and others who've died because of reckless or distracted driving. That event starts at 6 p.m. on the west steps.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Pomona, turns 47 today.

David Siders and Torey Van Oot contributed to this report.



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