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With a month to go before the general election, President Barack Obama is coming back to California this weekend to collect campaign cash, first in Los Angeles at a concert fundraiser followed by a high-dollar dinner.

Concert performers booked for Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Sunday include Katy Perry, as well as Earth Wind and Fire, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder. San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro of Democratic National Convention fame is also scheduled to speak.

The concert was already sold out, last Capitol Alert checked. Tickets started at $250 apiece and went up to $10,000 if you wanted a photo op with the president along with the music. Tickets to the dinner, hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks Animation, range from $25,000 to $40,000 per person, according to this online registration form.

Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, will headline a fundraiser breakfast for Obama on Monday in Los Angeles, while Obama heads to San Francisco for another concert fundraiser.

Obama will first stop near Bakersfield on Monday morning to formally announce the establishment of a national monument at the home of the United Farm Workers' Cesar Chavez. It's the fourth national monument Obama has established, Michael Doyle reports in this story.

VIDEO: Dan Walters looks at the political reasoning that might be behind misleading TV ads.

VOTER GUIDE: Want to compare candidates in local and state races? Check out The Bee's voter guide online. You can compare notes on President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Dan Lungren and Democratic challenger Ami Bera, and more. There's also a rundown of the 11 statewide propositions on the ballot.

ARCHIVES CRAWL: Political junkies, mark your calendars. It's time for the second annual Sacramento Archives Crawl. Take tours of the State Archives at 1020 O St., where treasures include political campaign items dating back to 1849, and visit the State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library. The event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PROPOSITION 8: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, joins Academy Award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black, activist Cleve Jones and others at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco on Sunday for a reading of Black's "8" about the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Pérez will read the part of Stanford Professor Gary Segura.


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