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VIDEO: Dan Walters, in the latest video report, talks about Proposition 29, which would raise cigarette taxes $1 a pack.

President Barack Obama is back in California for the second time this month, scheduled for two campaign fundraisers this evening in the Bay Area.

First up, dinner in Atherton where tickets cost $38,500 a pop, then a reception at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, where tickets start at $250 and Ben Harper is scheduled to play. Obama won't be venturing any farther east than that before Air Force One heads out on Thursday.

The president raised almost $15 million for Democrats earlier this month at a Los Angeles fundraiser hosted by George Clooney.

Phillip Reese and David Siders have details of presidential fundraising in California in today's Bee.

Meanwhile, Republican House Speaker John Boehner will be in the Bay Area himself tonight at a fundraiser co-hosted by California Reps. Jeff Denham, Dan Lungren, Wally Herger and David Dreier. Tickets top out at $35,800 for the reception at Stacey and Tom Siebel's Woodside home.

Back in Sacramento, Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, joins the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California as its officials unveil a report assessing the impact of Obama's health care overhaul on California's Latinos. That presser starts at 11 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 127.

Meanwhile. the word of the day -- outside the dome, at least -- is "science."

Intel Corp. is sponsoring a science fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Capitol's south steps, while the California Association of Professional Scientists is hosting the 24th annual State Scientist Day over on the west steps from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CAPS' event features lots of third- to sixth-graders checking out insects, an earthquake machine and other cool stuff. At noon, Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, gets the nod for honorary state scientist for her resolution declaring the annual event.

LEGISLATURE: Budget panels meet in both houses to consider Gov. Jerry Brown's revised proposals. Click here to read the Senate's schedule, and click here to read the Assembly's.

BAKE SALE: Looking for baked goods? You'll find them on sale on the north steps from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary.


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