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VIDEO: In today's report, Dan Walters applauds last week's job-growth report but says Californians are still looking at "a long row to hoe."

President Barack Obama is scheduled for two Bay Area fundraisers today, as David Siders reported here -- a dinner in Piedmont and a reception at Oakland's Fox Theatre.

Obama has also accepted an invitation to speak today at the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was raising funds Sunday in the Bay Area for his own campaign, is to speak at the VFW convention on Tuesday.

Back in Sacramento, California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow, Board of Equalization Member George Runner and others mark the 10th anniversary of the Amber Alert system. That event starts at 10 a.m. at CHP headquarters, 601 N. 7th St.

Meanwhile, the No on Proposition 32 campaign is holding a presser to highlight opposition to the November ballot measure on campaign finance.

Listed speakers include Derek Cressman of California Common Cause, Trudy Schafer of the state League of Women Voters, Davis Fire Capt. Emily Lo, and Auburn teacher Lysa Sassman. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the League of Women Voters office at 1107 Ninth St. in Sacramento.

Unions have ponied up nearly $9 million so far to defeat the measure, which would ban payroll deductions from being used for political purposes, as Jon Ortiz reported in this State Worker blog post, and business sources have donated a little over $4 million in support.



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