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November 28, 2012
AM Alert: Judgment Day

VIDEO: Dan Walters says he agrees with Jerry Brown's comments on the UC regents.

SLAMMER TIME: Today's the day a federal judge in Sacramento will set the sentence for the Democratic campaign treasurer who pleaded guilty to stealing at least $7 million from her clients. Prosecutors plan to ask that Kinde Durkee get eight years in federal prison, and Durkee's lawyer said last night that she would accept that punishment. Also today, we're likely to learn how much money Durkee will be responsible for repaying to her former clients - a long list that includes U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

LUNCH WITH A WATCHDOG: Political reform, public trust and civic engagement are the subjects of a lunchtime chat today by Ann Ravel, chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission. Ravel was appointed to head the state's political watchdog agency in March 2011. She's said she wants the agency to focus less on minor infractions and more on systemic abuses of power, and made headlines recently for going after a shadowy out-of-state group that contributed $11 million to the campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 and another for the campaign finance measure aimed at unions, Proposition 32. Details about today's talk are here.

CALTRANS: Under the dome today, a Senate committee will examine the effectiveness and independence of peer-review panels that oversee California's major transportation projects. The hearing was called in response to a Bee investigation of a Caltrans bridge-review panel, and over doubts about the adequacy of oversight for the high-speed rail system.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, who turns 64 today.


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