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VIDEO: In today's report, Dan Walters talks about California's ballot fight over taxes.

Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Los Angeles this morning and in San Francisco this afternoon as he signs legislation authorizing funding to start construction of the state's controversial high-speed rail project.

The Los Angeles ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., and the San Francisco event is set for 2 p.m. at Transbay Transit Center construction site on Howard Street between First and Second streets.

Senate Bill 1029 squeaked out of the Senate earlier this month with the bare minimum of votes to authorize $5.8 billion to begin construction in the Central Valley.

That money includes $2.6 billion in bond funds with the rest coming from the federal government, David Siders reported, noting that lawmakers tied that money to nearly $2 billion slated to spruce up regional rail systems and connect them to the high-speed rail project.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County elections officials in 191 precincts could start a manual recount as early as today of votes for Proposition 29, the tobacco-tax measure on the June 5 ballot.

Alert readers will recall that Prop. 29 was losing by less than 30,000 votes out of more than 5 million cast. Torey Van Oot reported last week that those 191 precincts account for about 48,000 of the votes cast on the measure.



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