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MAJ STATE CAPITOL.JPGVIDEO: Dan Walters wonders whether a recent Bloomberg series about California's largesse might have changed things if it had been published before the November election.

California's Electoral College is about to make it official: The Golden State is blue.

Its members meet this afternoon in Assembly chambers to cast their 55 votes for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who won the state's popular vote 60 percent to 37 percent against Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's Statement of Vote last week.

The state Electoral College vote is scheduled for 2 p.m., with electors seated in chambers by 1:30 p.m. The event will be streamed live online at the California Channel's website,

Media representatives have been admonished not to wear jeans, leave their cellphones on, or talk in "golf whispers" during the proceedings. Come back later for a complete update. Capitol Alert will be there.

One of the youngest members of the state's Electoral College isn't even in college. Christopher Tumbiero, 18, attends Royal High School in Simi Valley. No word on who the oldest member might be.

Down in Los Angeles, new Democratic Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra is being sworn in again at a local event. Listed attendees include a number of big names from the south state, including Rep.-elect, City Councilman and former state legislator Tony Cardenas, as well as state Sen. Alex Padilla, former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes and current Assembly members Bob Blumenfield, Anthony Rendon, Cristina Garcia and Scott Wilk.

Then there are Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, and City Councilmen Jose Huizar, Dennis Zine and Paul Krekorian, himself a former legislator. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Alemany High School. There's even a mariachi band.

Given that Greuel is running for mayor in the City of Angels' municipal election next March, and Fuentes and Blumenfield are among the current and former legislators running for City Council or city attorney, expect to see more public appearances of the sort.

HONORED OFFICERS: The California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation and Donate Life California are honoring 30 fallen officers and their families at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. in the Eureka Room of the state Capitol basement. The ceremony is a preamble to Donate Life's participation in the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1. Listed speakers today include Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones and representatives of the foundation and of Donate Life.

HOLIDAY MUSIC: Today's performances in the Capitol rotunda include the Forest Lake Christian School Chamber Choir at 11 a.m. and the Davis Chorale and Davis Children's Chorus at noon. For a full calendar, visit the Capitol Museum website.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, turns 46 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: The California state Capitol in Sacramento, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. Michael Allen Jones / Sacramento Bee file photo


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