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VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's report, likens a California Senate hearing on four November ballot propositions to "a tree falling in the forest and nobody heard it."

Gov. Jerry Brown heads to Frito-Lay's distribution center in Los Angeles County today for the company's rollout of its fleet of all-electric delivery trucks. Brown will be talking about California businesses going green. The event starts at noon at 1500 Francisco St. in Torrance.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, meanwhile, is slated to headline a luncheon in Sacramento County for Republican Mitt Romney's campaign. Tickets to the event -- held at the Wilton home of Dave Lucchetti of Pacific Coast Building Products -- start at $1,000 per person ($5,000 per couple for both the photo reception and lunch) and top out at $50,000 per couple for founding members.

As of late Wednesday, Christie's role at the Republican National Convention later this month was still unclear.

Back in Sacramento, the ReFund California Coalition says it plans to "take over the Wells Fargo branch in midtown" -- the quote comes from its news release -- to show its support of a tax-related measure pending before the Senate.

Members of the coalition will also be gathering in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara "take over the offices of some of California's largest corporations, demanding that they disclose the taxes they have paid to the state," the release says. The Sacramento event is set for 11 a.m. at 19th and S streets.

Assembly Bill 2439, by Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, would require the state's Franchise Tax Board to publish a list of the 1,500 largest corporate taxpayers per taxable year, starting on Dec. 1, 2013. The Assembly passed the bill along partisan lines in May.

KUDOS: Arnie Sowell, policy director for Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, is one of 20 state legislative staffers nationwide honored recently by the National Conference of State Legislatures with an achievement award. Sowell was chosen by the conference's Leadership Staff Section for recognition.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, turns 44 today.


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