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VIDEO: Dan Walters runs down some of the dynamics at work in the California Capitol as Gov. Jerry Brown decides yea or nay on the hundreds of bills that the Legislature passed before the end of the session. Find today's report on Capitol Alert.

The Democratic National Convention continues today in Charlotte, N.C., with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood scheduled to address the California delegation's breakfast.

The event is being held at the Blake Hotel, where the delegation has found accommodations to be less than accommodating, as Torey Van Oot reported in this Capitol Alert post. "You travel so far to stay at Hotel California," Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is scheduled to address the convention tonight, quipped Tuesday.

California investor Tom Steyer is also slated to take the convention stage today. Steyer, who is backing Proposition 39 aimed at closing a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations, will speak about sustainable energy's role in the national and worldwide economies. His speech is to start at 3:20 p.m. Pacific Time, but convention schedules aren't set in stone.

Steyer and the Yes on 39 campaign are also hosting an advance screening in Charlotte of the Independent Film Channel's "Knife Fight," starring Rob Lowe, Richard Schiff, Julie Bowen, Eric McCormack and others. (The movie, co-written by Democratic consultant Chris Lehane and Oscar-winning director Bill Guttentag, features cameos by California pols and media types, including the Sacramento Bee's Dan Morain and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.) The screening starts before tonight's gala for the California Democratic Party. Click here for more information about the advance screening. You can see a trailer at this link.

Speaking of proposition backers, Molly Munger will also appear on stage -- at the Silicon Valley Education Leaders Summit back in California. The all-day event at Microsoft's headquarters in Mountain View also features remarks from California state schools chief Tom Torlakson, Rachael Myrow of NPR's "The California Report," and Michael Kirst, president of the State Board of Education. Click here to learn more.

MUSIC AT NOON: Have more time these days with legislators gone from the Capitol? Check out the Sacramento Guitar Society (with flutist) at the Westminster Presbyterian Church's free concert starting at noon. Click here for more information. Bring your own lunch.



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