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Toddlers and politicians have at least one thing in common. We're not talking about occasional temper tantrums or a fondness for being on camera. No, we're talking about the train museum. Toddlers and politicians alike seem to be crazy about the place.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson will be at the Railroad Museum in Old Sac today to tout the signing of AB 146, which adds an additional member to the California Air Resources Board to represent the Sacramento region. An experimental low-emission locomotive will be on display for the 11 a.m. presser featuring the Sacramento Democrat. Also listed to appear: Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, CARB Executive Officer James Goldstene, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President Roger Niello and Kori Titus, CEO of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails.

ARNOLD TIME: With the release this week of "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," The Bee takes a look back at Arnold Schwarzenegger's years in Sacramento with an interactive timeline illustrating key events and colorful quotes from his governorship. See it here.

MONEY TIME: For California races, Friday is the deadline to submit campaign finance reports for the period ending Sept. 30. For federal races, campaign finance data is now available via new public data sets from MapLight. They include all federal contributions, independent expenditures (including super PACs), and candidate and committee totals. MapLight says it will do regular updates with the most current data from the FEC. Check out the Google Fusion Tables here.

NEW JOB: Bill Ainsworth has left the state Board of Equalization for a new job as press secretary to state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. He replaces Joe DeAnda, who moved to the California Public Employees' Retirement System.


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