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LSBUDGETSIGN4.JPGAfter months of committee hearings, votes, behind-the-scenes lobbying and demonstrations on the California Capitol steps, it comes down to Sunday. Oct. 13, 2013, marks the terminus: the last day for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign bills on his desk.

As of this writing, Brown had already come down on many of the prominent and deeply-disputed bills, with a nixed teacher dismissal bill becoming the latest casualty.

But several measures still occupy Brown's attention in the final hours, including a gun control bills that have prompted volleys of debate, legislation to loosen sentencing requirements for non-serious drug offenses, a bill sanctioning cities that don't offer a prevailing wage and a resuscitated push to expand the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex offenders.

Stick with us. We'll be here to the bitter end.

VIDEO: Dan Walters looks ahead to what could be a pulverizing pension push on the 2014 ballot.

ASSEMBLY FRESHMAN: The latest beneficiary of California's special elections takes the oath of office today. Former Pomona City Council member Freddie Rodriguez gets sworn in on the Assembly floor this morning by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, with Sen. Norma Torres -- whose departure for the Assembly gave Rodriguez his shot -- looking on. With this latest addition, Assembly Democrats are one seat away from reclaiming a two-thirds supermajority.

FOOD FEST: Paying homage to California's agricultural riches, an "Envisioning California" conference at Sacramento State today will take a look at food policy, from farming practices to the intersection of immigration with agriculture to the future of the "Farm to Fork" movement Sacramento has sought so assiduously to sprout. From 9:30 a.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on I Street.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown holds up the state budget he signed during a ceremony at the Capitol on June 27, 2013, in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling.


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