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VIDEO: Dan Walters says in today's video report that California's population slowdown will mean more older residents and less need for things like cars.

California's first dog, Sutter Brown, has a barking gig in Los Angeles today.

Sutter is joining Gov. Jerry Brown, actor Pierce Brosnan and dog whisperer Cesar Millan to promote the state's Pet Lover's License Plate, which would help fund spay and neuter programs. The presser starts at 2:30 p.m. at Petco, 1873 Westwood Blvd.

How is Sutter getting to L.A.? "FedEx," joked Brown spokesman Gil Duran via Twitter.

Yeah, right. The Humane Society's Jennifer Fearing tweeted: "Gas up the @HumaneSociety Prius! Road trip with @SutterBrown! I'm bringing sandwiches, per his request."

The governor, who recently signed Assembly Bill 610 to extend the period of time for pre-ordering the plate, will take part later this afternoon in a Milken Institute 2012 Global Conference discussion on attracting and keeping out-of-state investment.

But enough about Sutter. Let's talk frogs.

Today is the 38th annual Capitol frog jumping contest, with Sen. Ted Gaines organizing the event yet again as Calaveras County's representative. The Rocklin Republican has named his contestant -- drum roll, please -- "Capitol Gaines."

Last year's winner bore the moniker Unicorn and jumped for a team headed by then-Senate GOP leader Bob Dutton. Its name was a reference to Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield's assessment of GOP budget proposals.

The contest is a precursor to this month's Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, which lays claim to being one of California's longest running events. It starts at noon on the Capitol's east lawn. There are three ways to win: longest jump, shortest jump and, believe it or not, media jump.

LIVE CHAT: Want to know more about California's new top-two, open primary? The Bee's Torey Van Oot is taking questions about how the changes will affect the June 5 primary election. Join it live from noon to 1 p.m. at

LEGISLATURE: Committees meet in both houses, with several subcommittees considering budget proposals and the Assembly Appropriations Committee's agenda loaded with bills. The Senate Rules Committee, meanwhile, considers gubernatorial appointments, with Rosa Moran, the Division of Workers' Compensation's administrator director, and Christine Baker, the director of Industrial Relations, required to appear. Click here for the Senate's daily file, and click here for the Assembly's.


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