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US_NEWS_OBAMA_6_LA_2012.jpgPolitical junkies, quit thinking for now about this week's FBI raid on the California Capitol and turn your thoughts to national politics: That blur you see passing over the Central Valley could well be Air Force One.

Friday and Saturday, President Barack Obama will be holed up with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands, the Annenberg spread in Rancho Mirage, but tonight Obama is due to mine some California gold at Bay Area fundraisers.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will benefit from this evening's reception at the home of Flipboard CEO Michael McCue and his wife, Marci, as well as of a dinner afterward at the home of Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla and his wife, Neeru.

If you have to ask how much the events cost, you probably can't afford it. Obama's ATM trips to California have also sparked grumbling about the lack of public events, not to mention online rumblings of at least one protest during this visit.

VIDEO: Back to the FBI raid on Sen. Ron Calderon's Sacramento offices: Dan says it's got Capitol denizens all stirred up.

HIGH-SPEED RAIL: The California High-Speed Rail Authority is considering whether to authorize its CEO to negotiate the final terms of the contract for the first leg of the rail project. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at Sacramento City Hall. Click here for more details.

SESSIONS: Both legislative houses have floor sessions today, and the Assembly may consider bills that stalled during house-of-origin week, including AB 1199, Democrat Paul Fong's measure on community college funding, which was one vote short of passage as an urgency bill.

CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will be talking with Public Policy Institute of California President Mark Baldassare about issues including K-12 education, the initiative process and the state budget. The luncheon is full up, but you can watch the proceedings online starting at 12:15 p.m. Click here for more information.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama arrives in Los Angeles last year for one of his California fundraisers, this one at the home of actor George Clooney. Los Angeles Times/Glenn Koenig

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post jumped the gun on AB 669, Democrat Mark Stone's fracking proposal, which may wind up being a two-year bill, according to a spokeswoman, who also notes that most of AB 669's content is now contained in Democrat Bob Wieckowski's comprehensive fracking measure, AB 7.



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