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Who says railing against government inefficiency is a partisan issue? You may remember that, citing government redundancy and bloat, Gov. Jerry Brown successfully pushed a plan in 2012 to reduce the number of state agencies and consolidate other parts of the vast state bureaucracy.

Today the Little Hoover Commission will assess how things are going, summoning a list of state agency representatives who can describe what's getting streamlined and how things will operate in coming years.

Those speakers are expected to include Marybel Batjer, secretary of the California Government Operations Agency; Julie Chapman and Stacie Abbott of the California Department of Human Resources; Tina Campbell of the Employment Development Department and Patricia Clarey and Suzanne Ambrose of the State Personnel Board. Starting at 9:30 a.m. in State Capitol room 437.

VIDEO: Tuesday's elections offer some warning signs for California Democrats, Dan Walters says.

MILKEN IT: Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Santa Monica today, giving remarks at a Milken Institute-sponsored California Summit. The governor is expected to address the state's economy and the policy path ahead.

DUKE'S COURT: An event today dedicating a gleaming new Long Beach courthouse will officially christen the building as the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse. Guests at the 3:30 p.m. event will include Deukmejian and California Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvin Baxter.

RECALL MADNESS: As long as we're on the topic of governors past and present, Sacramento State University will be looking back at the 2003 electoral circus today. "Born to Run," apparently also known as "Gubernatorious," is a documentary following five political neophytes who a decade ago joined the fray of candidates vying to replace Gov. Gray Davis. The screening starts at 6 p.m. in Sac State's Mendocino Hall.

TY-FUNDS: Some people who orbit in Sacramento's legislative galaxy will be gathering at Chops tonight to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The charity event, organized by Dan Jacobson of Environment California, will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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