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It has now been three weeks of the searing Sacramento sun beating down on a state Capitol bereft of lawmakers. Assembly members exited a week earlier than their Senate counterparts, courtesy of a scheduling snafu that staggered their respective breaks. That means Assembly members will have the building to themselves when they return a week from today -- the Senate isn't scheduled to reconvene until the following Monday, August 12.

If you're looking for some homework to do in the meantime, you can check out our databases of who exhibited the most partisan loyalty last session, who voted for what and who lobbied them for those votes.

VIDEO: Although San Diego launched the illustrious career of former mayor and California governor Pete Wilson, Dan Walters says the city's subsequent record of leadership has been dismal.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Today is the deadline for industry groups, utility firms, advocates and manufacturers to submit proposals to the California Energy Commission for rule-making around making 15 different products, from toilets to computer monitors to water meters, more energy efficient.

KEEPING IT RAIL: An event honoring high speed rail boosters convenes in Los Angeles today. U.S. Representatives Loretta Sanchez, D-Anaheim, and Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, will receive plaudits at a noon to 1:30 p.m. event sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The event also features a panel on high-speed rail and a speech by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, who turns 38 today.

PHOTO: Soon to be empty no more. The Sacramento Bee/Jeremy B. White.


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