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20131003brown0115.JPGSince the legislative session ended last month, Gov. Jerry Brown has headed out of Sacramento to preside over signing ceremonies for contentious measures like a minimum-wage boost and driver's licenses for immigrants.

Today's item isn't controversial, judging by the number of lawmakers who voted against it (zero). Brown will be in San Diego to put his name on a measure authorizing the issuance of $600 million in bonds to build housing for veterans, an effort to combat veteran homelessness. During a 9:45 a.m. ceremony at the Veterans Village of San Diego, the governor will sign Assembly Bill 639 into law, joined by the bill's author, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. With Brown's signature, the proposal will go before voters on the June 2014 ballot.

VIDEO: We're about to enter a barren stretch for political junkies. Dan Walters take a look at what's doing in California politics after Sunday's deadline for the governor to sign bills.

DOGGING DOCTORS: Things get festive today in the rivalry between two potent interest groups, Consumer Watchdog and the California Medical Association. The CMA's board of directors will be in Anaheim for a meeting today, and they will be trolled by a truck circling the Disneyland Hotel and playing, on a loop, a series of 30-second musicals testifying to why doctors should be drug-tested (a word starting with the letter "P" features prominently). A closely watched, Consumer Watchdog-drafted ballot measure would mandate physician drug testing in addition to raising California's cap on pain-and-suffering payouts in medical malpractice cases.

COY-MALA HARRIS: Her office is being mysterious about it, but California Attorney General Kamala Harris will announce a "major lawsuit" at a noon press conference in San Francisco's State Building today. Stay with us to find out what the AG is unveiling.

LESSONS OF 2012: The election postmortem continues. Today, UC San Diego professor Thad Kousser will examine whether electoral reforms generated something new, or whether the 2012 cycle brought more of the same for California. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1130 K St.

DELTA DEFENDERS: They might disagree on other issues, but Delta-area lawmakers can at least find some bipartisan unity in their dislike of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed water conveyance tunnels. Comedian Jack Gallagher will entertain guests at a Restore the Delta fundraiser in French Camp tonight, with planned attendees including Sens. Lois Wolk and Cathleen Galgiani in addition to Assembly members Jim Frazier, Susan Eggman, Mariko Yamada, and Kristen Olsen.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to everyone's favorite photogenic elected: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom turns 46 today.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown signs the driver's license bill for undocumented immigrants in Fresno City College in Fresno on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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