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Dan Walters discusses the workers compensation legislation Gov. Jerry Brown just signed.

Californians seem to like President Barack Obama more as the election draws nearer. A Field Poll released today shows Californians favor the president over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 24 points - compared to an 18 point lead Obama enjoyed in the state in July. Obama is ahead in every region of California, poll results show, except one: the Central Valley. Here in California's heartland, the candidates are tied at 48 percent. Read the Bee's story on the poll here. Find Capitol Alert's exclusive statistical tabulations here.

Potential changes to California's "three strikes" law are the focus of a joint hearing today of the Senate and Assembly public safety committees. Legislators will hear testimony about Proposition 36, which would change the "three strikes" law so offenders could be sentenced to life in prison only if their third felony is serious or violent. Mike Reynolds, author of the Three Strikes law and chairman of the No on Three Strikes campaign will be there, as will Michael Romano, director of Stanford's Three Strikes Project.

Controller John Chiang will be featured in a Public Policy Institute of California discussion today about pension reform. The talk in San Francisco will be broadcast live online at 12:20 p.m. Also scheduled to speak: Assemblyman Michael Allen, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California.



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