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VIDEO: Dan Walters says Gov. Jerry Brown is betting California's solvency on his ballot tax measure, and it's maybe 50-50.

Most California voters -- about two in three -- who have decided yea or nay on the governor's Proposition 30 intend to vote the same way on Molly Munger's competing Proposition 38, according to a new poll conducted jointly by UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies and the Field Poll.

The survey looks at trends among voters on those two measures as well as a third tax-related proposal, Tom Steyer's Proposition 39 to hike taxes on multistate companies operating in the state. Of the three, Brown's measure is still faring the best, but support has slipped.

The Bee's David Siders has more details in today's Bee. Want even more numbers? Click here to read the publicly released poll. You'll find the statistical tabulations, compiled exclusively for Capitol Alert, at this link.

Meanwhile, the California Air Resources Board is drawing a crowd today as business groups plan to protest the state's cap-and-trade market, which kicks off on Nov. 14. The board isn't expected to take action at its meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. at 1001 I St. in Sacramento, but the groups say they'll be there anyway. The Bee's Dale Kasler has more in this story. To read the agenda, click here.

Registration is closed for Perspectives 2012, but you might catch a glimpse of former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Mexican President Vicente Fox or Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post near the dome. They're among the speakers at the Metro Chamber's forum, which runs all day at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is also in town for an event with two Republicans -- Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, 37, who faces Democratic Rep. John Garamendi in the 3rd Congressional District, and with Ricky Gill, 25, who's up against Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney in the 9th Congressional District. That presser starts at 8:30 a.m. at Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, 1215 K St. on the 14th floor.

Down in the south state, state schools chief Tom Torlakson participates in a round table discussion with Chris Steinhauser, the Long Beach Unified School District superintendent, and others about recommended new models for evaluating the state's teachers. That event starts at 10 a.m. at Marshall Academy of the Arts in Long Beach.

CAPITOL STEPS: State employees will be walking the mile around Capitol Park today to raise money for the American Heart Association, with a wellness fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the west steps.



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