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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg -- author of a much-dissected book on the fate of female professional trajectories -- will be in Sacramento today for the inaugural edition of a new "'Women's Voices" speaker series hosted by the California Legislative Women's Caucus. Sandberg will speak at 1201 K street from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Don't count on embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner being in office come Christmas, Dan Walters says.

AUDIT-ACITY: The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will hear several audit requests today. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, plans to request a probe of policies for dealing with sexual violence on college campuses, citing complaints from young women who said campus security didn't assist them and in some cases discouraged them from reporting assaults. Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O'Neals, will seek an audit of how the California High-Speed Rail Authority has acquired public land, the latest Republican salvo against high speed rail coming after a ruling questioning the validity of the state's spending plan. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, want more information on sterilizations of female inmates.

APPROPRIATIONS WATCH: Some bills of interest whose fate falls in the hands of Assembly Appropriations today: a bill to regulate fracking, legislation to institute an earthquake early warning system, a bill denying tax-exempt status to youth organizations with discriminatory membership rules, a few more in this year's round of gun control bills, and a CEQA reform bill.

ELECTION ENTRY: We're getting flashbacks to Ronald Reagan with the news that Ned Vaughn, an actor and the executive vice president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), will be running as a Republican candidate for the 66th Assembly district. Vaughn announces today.

MADDY MASH: Bigwigs from both parties will be at the Stanford Mansion tonight, raising money for the Maddy Institute's legislative intern program. Emceed by former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, the event will feature Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare.

SOLAR SALES PITCH: Lawmakers will hear today from members of the Alliance for Solar Choice, in the building for their lobby day. The sun-fuel promoters want to alter caps on net metering, the process by which customers with solar panels on their homes are credited for the energy they capture and put back into the electrical grid. An evening legislative reception at Mayahuel will follow.

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PHOTO: This Jan. 15, 2013 file photo shows Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The Associated Press/Jeff Chiu.



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