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DAN WALTERS DAILY: As California absorbs the magnitude of the newly estimated budget deficit, Walters wonders whether voters will demand a gimmick-free spending plan.

Kevin Yamamura hosts a live chat today on the state budget at noon today. Follow the conversation (and schedule a reminder for yourself) here.

Sam Stanton reports that UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Cruz Reynoso, who headed a task force probe into last year's pepper spray incident that was highly critical of her leadership, are among officials scheduled to appear before a legislative panel today:

Katehi, Reynoso and a number of other officials are among those expected to be heard from during a joint oversight hearing by the Senate Education Committee and the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

The hearing, set for 1:30 p.m. in Capitol Room 4202, follows a December hearing that was called in the wake of the Nov. 18 incident that created worldwide outcry after video of campus police pepper spraying protesters went viral on the Internet.

Tuesday's session is scheduled to include a report from Linda Bisson, chair of the UC Davis Academic Senate, and a student representative.

The hearing also is scheduled to include remarks from UC President Mark G. Yudof and other UC officials on the university system's overall responses to campus demonstrations.

The report by Reynoso, a former state Supreme Court justice, was released last month and was highly critical of the campus police and the university leadership.

SUSTAINABLE FARMING: Cuts to agricultural conservation programs and will be among the topics at a hearing today of the Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture. The committee, chaired by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada of Davis, will meet at 1:30 p.m. in room 126 at the Capitol.

Those testifying include Alan Forkey, farm bill program manager for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Dr. Jeff Dlott, chairman of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel for the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Brise Tencer, policy director for California Certified Organic Farmers.

Find more information here. Watch the hearing live here.

BOOK-SIGNING: The California Legislative Women's Caucus and The 20 Million Minds Foundation host a book-signing reception today at 4:30 p.m. The session is just 45 minutes long, so don't be late. The author is Lisa Bloom, a TV legal analyst and lawyer. The book is "Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness and Thug Culture." The location is Ambrosia Cafe, 1030 K Street.



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