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VIDEO: Dan Walters wonders why Gov. Jerry Brown is spending so much time on college campuses instead of trying to woo middle-age voters.

With six days to go before Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown is in Los Angeles today, delivering what's being billed as a major luncheon address on his tax measure, Proposition 30. The Town Hall Los Angeles event starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Registration is closed, but you can learn more at this link.

Meanwhile, Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and John Kabateck, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business of California, hold a No on Proposition 30 presser at 2 p.m. in San Diego at Tuna Harbor Park.

Stay tuned for the latest Field Poll to be published Thursday gauging voter's views on both Brown's measure and Molly Munger's Proposition 38.

Back in the capital, a Sacramento Superior Court judge conducts a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Department 44 on the Fair Political Practices Commission's lawsuit against an Arizona nonprofit over its anonymous $11 million campaign contribution. The judge has tentatively ruled that the FPPC has the authority to audit a nonprofit before an election, The Bee's Kevin Yamamura reported in this post.

The hearing was postponed from Tuesday after the group's lawyers had a hard time getting here from Virginia because of Sandy's grip on the East Coast. If the tentative ruling holds, the state wants the group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, to give the FPPC its donor information by 4 p.m. Thursday so the agency can do an audit before Election Day.

Down in the south state, Daphne Phung of California against Slavery holds a Yes on Proposition 35 presser at 11:30 a.m. in front of San Bernardino City Hall with San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales and San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos to urge voters to back the anti-human trafficking measure.

In other campaign news, recording artist MC Hammer will be in Stockton next Monday to back Rep. Jerry McNerney, the Democratic incumbent facing Republican challenger Ricky Gill in the Central Valley's 9th Congressional District. (Hat tip to Josh Richman of the Bay Area News Group.)

That would be the @MCHammer who tweeted last week: "Without Prop. 30, our schools and colleges face an additional $6 billion in devastating cuts this year. #YesonProp30." He also directed several tweets to California university campuses.


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