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VIDEO: Dan Walters says there's one segment of Sacramento's economy that's doing well. Think campaign ads.

Gov. Jerry Brown takes his tax-initiative campaign to Burbank, where he's scheduled at speak at 12:45 p.m. today at the annual business forecast conference of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, which backs his Proposition 30.

Brown continues his push this weekend as California Teachers Association members and others knock on doors and make calls in 25 cities statewide urging voters to back the measure. The governor will speak in San Francisco on Saturday, joining the union's vice president, Eric Heins, and Bay Area teachers at an 11 a.m. news conference at the SEIU Local 1021 office at 350 Rhode Island St.

Meanwhile, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is walking precincts in Santa Rosa on Saturday morning and holding a news conference Sunday morning in San Jose. Heins will join Sacramento teachers Sunday at another presser. That one starts at 11 a.m. at the CTA's Natomas office, 4100 Truxel Road.

Lawyer-activist Molly Munger will hit the campaign trail herself this weekend, with an appearance in Sacramento at the third annual United Latinos Voter Education Forum talking up her rival tax initiative, Proposition 38.

Other listed speakers at the forum include former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, who'll be making a case for the state budget-related Proposition 31. That event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento State in the University Union's Redwood Room. Click here for more information.

CAPITOL STEPS: Firefighters mark the 10th anniversary of the California Firefighters Memorial in Capitol Park with a vigil starting at 6 p.m. tonight on the north steps. The annual memorial ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and 40 names will be added to the memorial wall. Firefighters will gather at 10 a.m. and walk to the memorial for the ceremony. Click here to read the program.

POLITICAL COLLECTIBLES: Campaign posters, political posters and other memorabilia abound at a collectors' gathering Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St., Sacramento. Admission is $3, with kids and students with ID getting in for free.

PROP. 8: West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon portrays Judge Vaughn Walker in a reading of Dustin Lance Black's Prop. 8 play, "8," on Saturday night at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento. The reading starts, appropriately enough, at 8 p.m. Tickets run from $18 to $80, and proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, celebrates his 38th birthday today, and Attorney General Kamala Harris turns 48 on Sunday. Natal wishes to both.


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