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Dan Walters Daily: In his latest video report, Dan notes a new report that 188 school districts are in financial trouble.

Gov. Jerry Brown will address the Sacramento Host Breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center this morning. It's the 87th annual rendition of the event, which lets business and government leaders mix and mingle from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. If you just want to catch the governor, he's scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m.

Today is also California's third annual Harvey Milk Day, a day of 'special significance' established under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009.

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will appear on the west steps of the state Capitol at 4 p.m. to mark the occasion. They'll be performing the premiere of "Give 'em Hope," an anthem written to honor the slain gay rights activist.

Joining about 70 members of the chorus will be Shara Perkins-Murphy, executive director of the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and Sen. Mark Leno, whose bill required schools to recognize the day. They'll present high school teachers with copies of the choral work's score.

The group will also perform at 8 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2620 Capitol Ave., featuring music from such musicals as Godspell, Wicked and Hairspray in a concert benefiting the gay and lesbian center.

Fundraising is front and center in California politics this week, as pols from both parties gear up for the November election.

President Barack Obama will be in Redwood City Wednesday for a fundraising event at the Fox Theatre.

Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner will appear in Modesto for Rep. Jeff Denham. The $500-a-plate luncheon will be held at the Del Rio Country Club. Boehner also plans a fundraising stop on Wednesday in Woodside at the home of business software billionaire Thomas Seibel.

The Public Policy Institute of California will hold a luncheon discussion on California welfare recipients today. The event, part of The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series, will include an overview of CalWORKS and those it serves.

Participants will include PPIC policy fellow Caroline Danielson, PPIC director of government affairs David Lesher, Cheryl Davis, human services director for Placer County Health and Human Services and Noelle Simmons, deputy director of policy and planning for San Francisco Human Services.

The session is set for noon at the CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th Street. No charge for the lunch, but PPIC asks that you register before you attend.


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