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VIDEO: Dan Walters says lawmakers have actually restored some of the redevelopment functions they eliminated a year ago.

It's all over but the vetoes: Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sunday, Sept. 30, to cast his votes on the bills that the California Legislature passed by last Friday.

Legislators aren't expected back in Sacramento until Monday, Dec. 3, when the next legislative session officially starts and members get sworn in.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Convention officially cranks up today in Charlotte, N.C., with convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa gaveling in the session, which runs through Thursday.

Brown isn't going -- blame it on the late-session flurry of bills. But Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced late last week that he snagged a speaking spot. Other Californians expected to speak at the convention include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and U.S. Reps. Xavier Becerra, Judy Chu and Barbara Lee.

While state lawmakers await Brown's verdict on their measures, many of them have gone back to their districts for campaign events and fundraisers. Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, for instance, is raising money Thursday for his bid for the 5th Senate District seat at the Berryhill Pond in Ceres.

Legislator-wannabes are also raising cash. Republican surgeon Matthew Lin, who's running in the south state's 49th Assembly District, will be at the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento today for a 5:30 p.m. reception co-hosted by the PACs of the California Medical Association and the California Hospital Association. Lin faces Democrat Ed Chau, a Montebello Unified School District board member and lawyer.

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is also in Sacramento today. Maldonado, who's facing Democrat Lois Capps in the central coast's 24th Congressional District, is holding a fundraiser reception at 5 p.m. at Aioli Bodega Española restaurant on L Street. Click here to see an event flier.


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