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JD_CAP_VIEWS_OBSCURED.JPGWe are now hours away from the deadline to pass bills out of their houses of origin. The Senate finished its business early -- not only did lawmakers there clear the file Thursday, they did so before the start of happy hour. The Assembly still has some work to do. We'll be bringing you updates throughout the day.

The other big piece of legislative business today is a conference committee that will be meeting to reconcile the Assembly and the Senate's respective budgets, although there's a good chance that more drama will come from the difference between the Legislature's approach and Gov. Jerry Brown's vision. In room 4203 at 1 p.m. or upon call of the chair.

VIDEO: The next few weeks of budget wrangling promise to feature some Democrat-on-Democrat battles, Dan Walters says.

GENEROSITY FOR GARCETTI: Just because a campaign is over doesn't mean the fundraising ceases. Lawmakers are hosting an early morning fundraiser for Los Angeles mayor-elect Eric Garcetti at Chicory today. The event is hosted by Sens. Kevin de León and Ricardo Lara. Also expected to attend are fellow Los Angeles area Democrats (and Assembly members) Jimmy Gomez and Isadore Hall, along with former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez.

REPUBLICAN 'RAISER: On the subject of fundraisers, the Sacramento County Republican Party is holding its Lincoln-Reagan dinner at House Kitchen and Bar in Sacramento tonight. California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte will be speaking at the event, for which tickets start at $75 a head and run to a $2,500 for "dinner sponsor" package that confers VIP benefits. The guest list includes Board of Equalization member George Runner, Sen. Ted Gaines of Rocklin, and Assembly members Beth Gaines of Rocklin and Dan Logue of Marysville.

PARSING POLLS: We brought you news already of the Public Policy Institute of California's latest survey of how Californians view the governor's budget and their elected officials. Today PPIC wonks are breaking down the numbers during a noon event at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on 11th Street.

JOB MOVE: There's a staff shuffle afoot in the office of Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare. Fiscal and policy director Deborah Gonzalez is taking over the chief of staff post from Ivan Altamura, who is leaving the public sector for a gig at Pacific Gas and Electric.

PHOTO CREDIT: View of the California Capitol, obscured by trees and buildings, from 8th between N & O streets in Sacramento. John Decker / Sacramento Bee file, 2005



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