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China_California_Governor_Jerry_Brown.jpgWith lawmakers' work done, it's now time to figure out exactly what they did during the legislative session's final hours.

As political junkies are also no doubt aware, Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays, starts at sundown. In the meantime, Capitol Alert will be sorting through all the trees that got killed before lawmakers packed up.

Dan Walters says that Willie Brown, gone from the Capitol for years, was there in spirit this week.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown will be signing a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese official, and he won't have to go to China to do it.

Brown will join Xie Zhenhua, the vice chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission and that country's lead international climate negotiator, to ink the document in the Bay Area this afternoon.

Brown signed several non-binding agreements with Chinese officials back in April during his trade mission to that country. He focused on climate change on that trip, as The Bee's David Siders reported in this post, telling an audience in polluted Beijing that dealing with climate problems wasn't optional.

This will be the first agreement on climate change, clean energy and low carbon agreement between the Chinese commission and what Brown's office calls "a subnational government" -- translation, not the feds. The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. at the Bay Area Council's office on Sacramento Street in San Francisco.

CELEBRATIONS: Birthday wishes go to Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, who turns 40 on Saturday.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, center, and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, left, unveil the emblem for the California-China Office of Trade and Investment with Hu Wenjun, deputy director of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, right, during the official opening ceremony on April 12, 2013, in Shanghai, China. The Associated Press



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