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20130909_HA_PRISONS0252.JPGYes, you read the headline right. With a pile of bills on his desk, courtesy of lawmakers who have departed Sacramento for the duration of 2013, the oldest governor in the nation will be in Oakland to help launch a video game design program.

And not just any video game program: This one, dubbed "Project A-Game," aims to help underserved youth. The project is funded by the Entertainment Software Association and the California Endowment, with the ESA's largess coming after the company successfully sued California over restrictions on video games. Gov. Jerry Brown will be speaking at the launch event this afternoon at the Oakland School for the Arts.

As long as we're on the topic of gubernatorial duties: Brown has until Oct. 13 to act on the bills lawmakers have sent him. As of Friday afternoon, that left the governor with 182 bills awaiting his verdict, with plenty more to come. So far he has vetoed only five.

VIDEO: No session would be complete without some last-minute drama, and Dan runs down the late-night furor over a Kings arena cleanup bill.

COVERED CALIFORNIA: You may recall the news a few months back that a customer-help call center for Covered California, the state's soon-to-be-launched health insurance marketplace, would be located in Rancho Cordova. Today Dana Howard, deputy director of Covered California, and a service center employee will walk reporters through the most common questions they receive from customers curious about the new insurance exchange. Starting at 4 p.m.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who turns 42 today.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown announces Sept. 9, 2013, that his office has come to an agreement with California's four legislative leaders on a prison housing plan. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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