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VIDEO: Dan Walters pronounces a "new era" for the California Legislature and foresees some juggling among the Democrats.

If you have a Bill Clinton sighting today, rest assured that the former president is indeed in Sacramento making use of his Arkansas twang.

Clinton headlines tonight's installment of the Sacramento Speakers Series at the Community Theater on L Street across from the Capitol. The event starts at 8 p.m. Last time Capitol Alert checked, single tickets were still available.

As for Gov. Jerry Brown's schedule, he heads to Southern California for the Democratic Governors Association's winter meeting being held at the Beverly Wilshire.

Even so, there will be no shortage of official appearances in the capital city. Proposition 39 backer Tom Steyer joins a host of elected officials, environmentalists and labor activists to talk up legislation to implement the energy efficiency part of the ballot measure voters approved in November.

The measure is expected, among other things, to furnish about $500 million a year for five years to retrofit schools and government offices, as the Bee's Kevin Yamamura reported in this story before the election.

The presser, which begins at 11 a.m. at Sacramento's Mark Twain Elementary School, will be crowded. Among those listed to attend are Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, campaign co-chairman Sen. Kevin de León, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, state schools chief Tom Torlakson, Sens. Ricardo Lara, Fran Pavley and Curren Price and Assemblywomen Nancy Skinner and Norma Torres.

Health Access, meanwhile, sponsors a post-election symposium on implementing President Barack Obama's health care reform. Listed speakers include Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley, legislators Ed Hernandez, Richard Pan and Holly Mitchell, and representatives of health and budget groups. That event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at Sacramento's Citizen Hotel.

TWITTER: The Bee's Torey Van Oot has put together a public list of California legislators' Twitter accounts, which you'll find at this link. You can even subscribe. The list now stands at 94 members. If we've overlooked your account, send Torey an email at


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