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Xi_Jinping_Jerry_Brown_2012.jpgGov. Jerry Brown is looking at a schedule that takes him to the south state: President Barack Obama lands at the Palm Springs airport this afternoon, and Brown will be on the tarmac.

Obama starts the second day of his three-day visit to California at San Jose's Fairmont Hotel, talking up the federal health care overhaul.

Air Force One then heads to LAX to get Obama to a luncheon fundraiser. Former News Corp. bigwig Peter Chernin (whose new company's first feature film was "Rise of the Planet of the Apes") and his wife, Megan, are hosting the event, which benefits the Democratic National Committee, at their Santa Monica home.

Obama then heads to Palm Springs for his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping today and Saturday at nearby Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage. Their agenda "is designed to take a longer view of the security, economic and strategic challenges that unite and divide the nations," according to this Washington Post story.

Brown is scheduled to meet with Xi on Saturday around noon at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa. The two met in California last year when Xi was still vice president (hence the photo above), and the Democratic governor led a trade mission to China in April.

VIDEO: Dan Walters says the biggest piece in California's state budget puzzle belongs to education.

Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, is also breathing California air. He's giving the keynote speech this morning at the annual conference in Los Angeles of the California Association of Physician Groups. This evening, Clinton (who endorsed Wendy Greuel) is slated at a "block party" saying goodbye to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hello to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.

CAPITOL STEPS: The America 4 Boston prayer canvas will be displayed on the north steps from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, with event organizers urging people to write a message or paint a picture in support of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The canvas has already made stops in Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky and Colorado.

STATE BUDGET: The Legislature's constitutional deadline for passing a state budget is June 15. Today is June 7. Just saying.

PHOTO: Xi Jinping, left, then vice president of China, talks with Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, center, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, as they watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press file


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