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VIDEO: Dan Walters laments the fact that a Republican-authored good government bill is unlikely to get any traction in California.

Today's the big day: Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State speech at 9 a.m. in the Assembly chambers. Buoyed by his Proposition 30 victory and a subsequent budget that restores a long-absent degree of fiscal stability to California, Brown is expected to expand upon his proposal to revamp education funding, among other things.

The Bee will be blogging live on his address, and will also stream it live. Look for both at

If you're looking for more context, our colleagues over at Capital Public Radio have put together this nifty archive of previous state of the state speeches. The collection spans back to 2004 and features audio and text.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is joining other members of Congress and advocates on Capitol Hill in announcing a bill to reinstate an assault weapons ban. at 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. Pacific).

The University of California Center, Sacramento, is hosting an event on how the youth vote plays into California's voting trends. It features Jonathan Fox, a professor and chair of Latin American and Latino studies at UC Santa Cruz, and Mindy Romero, project director of the California Civic Engagement Project. Click here to learn more.

CalChamber is hosting a memorial service for the late Michael Kahl, who served as an aide to California lawmakers. Kahl, who died in November, helped erect what would become the Environmental Protection Agency and became an influential lobbyist upon returning to California. The service runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1215 K St., 14th floor.

Happy birthday to Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, who turns 55 today.


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