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With Election Day looming, Gov. Jerry Brown takes his pitch on Proposition 30 to UC Santa Cruz today, with a news conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Quarry Plaza.

Brown then heads to San Mateo, where he'll give a luncheon talk at the California state conference of the NAACP.

The governor stood Thursday with San Francisco business leaders backing the measure, continuing his attack on opponents of the measure, as David Siders reported in this Capitol Alert post.

"Finally," he said of the Fair Political Practices Commission suing a mystery Arizona nonprofit that has dropped $11 million into a business committee opposing Prop. 30 and supporting Prop. 32. A court hearing is scheduled Tuesday.

State schools chief Tom Torlakson, meanwhile, heads to Gonsalves Elementary School in Cerritos for a Yes on Prop. 30 presser this morning with school superintendents from Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California. Los Angeles Community College students have scheduled their own Yes on 30 event. They'll be walking from City Hall to the governor's office on N. Spring St. this afternoon.

Back in the north state, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom talks jobs as he delivers a keynote talk and moderates a panel on green economy partnerships. The event, hosted by the state Public Utilities Commission, runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the commission auditorium at 505 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco. Click here for more information.

This weekend, a group of cyclists backing Proposition 37 on food labeling leave the San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturday morning and plan to meet up Sunday morning at the downtown Sacramento farmers market at Eighth and W streets, then ride to the Capitol at noon. They're calling themselves the Ride to Know.

CAKE AND CANDLES: There's no shortage of birthdays to celebrate. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, turns 57 on Saturday, while Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, turns 66 the same day. Two other legislators mark their natal days on Sunday, with Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, turning 67, and Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, turning 47.


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