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November 14, 2012
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VIDEO: Dan Walters discusses the growing political clout of Latino voters.

FEE FREE: Having scrubbed the agenda of an item to increase fees at UC professional schools, Gov. Jerry Brown continues his Proposition 30 victory lap today with an appearance at the University of California regents meeting in San Francisco. A controversial student fee item on yesterday's agenda of the California State University trustees was met by a similar disappearing act after Brown announced he'd attend that meeting.

We're looking forward to seeing how Brown is greeted by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at today's regents meeting. Newsom criticized Brown during the Proposition 30 campaign for misleading students on the extent to which his tax increase could avoid fee hikes at California colleges.

BLOGGING FOR DOLLARS: The Fair Political Practices Commission is hosting a conversation today to discuss how bloggers and others who are paid to communicate political messages online should disclose the source of their payments. It's an issue that drew the wrath a few months ago of Democratic political strategist Steve Maviglio and Republican blogger and state party official Jon Fleischman. Today's meeting is at 10:30 a.m. at 428 J Street in Sacramento. FPPC Chair Ann Ravel wants the political blogosphere to weigh in.

NEW JOB: First 5 California has named Camille Maben its new executive director. Maben previously worked for the state Department of Education, the Governor's Office of the Secretary of Education and the Assembly Education Committee. Maben is on the board of the Rocklin Unified School District.

ROASTED: Former Gov. Gray Davis will be in Sacramento tonight for a roast in honor of his 70th birthday. The event at the California Museum is being put on by his former chiefs of staff Lynn Schenk, Garry South and Dan Zingale. Former Sen. Art Torres will serve as MC.

Which leads to this suggestion for those into workplace bets: How many recall jokes can be stuffed into one roast?



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