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VIDEO: Dan Walters says that conscientious California voters have their homework cut out for them in the next few weeks, what with 11 propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The Legislature is out, but the Assembly Budget Committee is in, with a hearing today on November's three tax initiatives -- Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30, Molly Munger's Proposition 38 and Tom Steyer's Proposition 39.

Click here to read the agenda, which includes presentations from proponents and opponents as well as representatives of the Legislative Analyst's Office. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 437.

Outside the building, domestic workers and their supporters are rallying at 11 a.m. on the west steps to urge Brown to sign Assembly Bill 889, by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco. They're also expected to deliver a giant pen and 25,000 petition signatures to the governor. The measure would give domestic workers -- including housekeepers and nannies -- overtime pay, rest periods and other labor protections.

In election news, Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo told The Bee's Torey Van Oot, "It seems like I've seen this movie before," when it comes to the matchup between Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken.

A recent survey shows Feinstein up by 26 percentage points as the campaign enters its final weeks. Independent and third-party voters favor her by an even wider margin. Click here to read the publicly released poll. You'll find statistical tabulations, compiled exclusively for Capitol Alert, at this link.

Meanwhile, the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy has lined up some big names to talk about post-partisanship at its first symposium today, including former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. Click here to learn more.

ADULT SERVICES: Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, is conducting an Assembly committee oversight hearing to air complaints about the transition to the state's new adult services program. Start time is 1 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 126.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, celebrates his 61st birthday today.



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