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VIDEO: Dan Walters says it's gut-check time for University of California officials.

TRAINS: The California High-Speed Rail Authority is holding meetings today and tomorrow in areas where the first segment of track is supposed to be laid. The meetings in Madera and Merced are supposed to let farmers, business owners and residents know what to expect as the project rolls out. Land acquisition issues, job opportunities and other subjects will be discussed at the open house sessions that begin today in Madera.

OYSTERS: The saga of the oyster farm that has to leave its historic home in the Point Reyes National Seashore gets another airing today at the meeting of the Fish and Game Commission in San Diego.

TOYS: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is working with Yellow Ribbon America and the National Guard Association of California today to promote a toy drive that collects gifts for military kids whose parents are overseas. You'll find Dickinson outside the Arden Fair Mall during today's kick-off event, but you don't have to go that far to donate a toy. New, unwrapped toys for the drive can also be left at these Capitol offices: Assemblywoman Connie Conway, room 3104; Sen. Jean Fuller, room 3063; Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, room 2130; Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, room 4009, Assemblywoman Norma Torres, room 2179; and Dickinson's office in room 2013.



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