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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Calderon-FBI.jpgIn a bit of unintentionally good timing, a group that wants to get money out of politics will gather at the Capitol to stage a rally this weekend.

The Ron Calderon bribery scandal has lent symbolic fuel to the nascent March Against Corruption, which organizers says will "raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money and special interests in governance and public-policy making."

Event organizer Shane McLoud, a former deputy for two Los Angeles County supervisors, has been whipping up interest on Facebook for the protest on on the Capitol's West Steps from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Similar marches are scheduled worldwide, according to, from the Portlands in Oregon and Maine to Lagos, Nigeria, and London.

Besides the Capitol, California marches are set for Los Angeles, Redding, San Diego, San Francisco and Stockton.

SPEAKING OF POLITICAL CASH: Halloween was the deadline for political committees and lobbyists to file their third-quarter financial reports. Pols and journalists, campaign consultants, lobbyists and everyone else in the political-junkie class will be hitting the Secretary of State's website today to get a read on who's giving and who's getting as we roll into the 2014 campaign season.

INSIDE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY: Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is hosting the second annual Insurance Diversity Policy Summit this morning. His office says Jones will release results of a first-in-the-nation survey of supplier diversity in the insurance industry during the event and panels will discuss the topic. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. in the Department of Health Care Services auditorium at 1500 Capitol Ave.. in Sacramento.

GRAB A SHOVEL: Gov. Jerry Brown will be in his hometown this afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center on the site of the former Oakland Army Base. The $1.2 billion project, located next to the city's bustling port, is envisioned as a hub for transporting cargo in and out of Oakland more efficiently. The project will also reduce truck traffic, emissions and wear-and-tear on the state's roads and highways. Starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Maritime and Ukraine streets. Credentialed media only.

PHOTO: State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, grimaces as a reporter tries to ask him a question at the end of his brief news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday June 10, 2013. Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli


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