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VIDEO: As the season of political ads descends upon us, Dan Walters asks, "Are you ready to have your intelligence insulted?"

With health care much on the minds of California voters, Sen. Barbara Boxer will be talking up President Barack Obama's efforts to strengthen Medicare while talking down the House Republicans' proposal to convert it into a voucher program in which beneficiaries shop around for coverage. Boxer's presser starts at 1:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Senior Center on Beach Street.

If you're looking for coverage closer to the dome, The Bee's Anita Creamer recently talked with Sun City Lincoln Hills denizens for this story. (Residents are split on whether Obama or Republican Mitt Romney would best handle the issue.)

The California Community Colleges board, meanwhile, is meeting in Sacramento to consider ways to alleviate the City College of San Francisco's fiscal problems, which The Bee's Laurel Rosenhall mentioned in this story detailing accreditation sanctions that face community colleges statewide.

That board meeting starts at 1 p.m. in the chancellor's office, 1102 Q St. Click here to read the agenda. You'll find an executive summary at this link. The San Francisco Chronicle's Nanette Asimov has previewed the college's plan to remake itself, which may include laying off teachers and clerical employees and axing some programs, such as enrichment classes.

California female veterans also meet today at a women's leadership conference under the auspices of the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Retired Navy Cmdr. Zoe Dunning, whose SmartVoter.org bio says she stood next to Obama as he signed the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," will deliver the keynote address at the all-day event. Click here to learn more.

RALLY: Health care workers and advocates rally at Cesar Chavez Park at 4 p.m. as they seek support in developing recommendations to reduce the incidence of asthma in the Central Valley. Listed speakers include Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley, with the American Lung Association and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West among the event's sponsors.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, celebrates her 60th birthday today.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the site of the rally on reducing asthma rates. It is at Cesar Chavez Park, not the Capitol steps. The Bee regrets the error.



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