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It's not Torrey Pines.

But the outing to the Land Park golf course that Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg has scheduled for Sunday won't set you back $65,000 either.

That's how much donors were asked to give the California Democratic Party to send a party of four to the Pro Tem Cup this weekend at Torrey Pines, where politicians mingle with lobbyists at San Diego's glamorous seaside golf course.

Steinberg canceled the annual fundraiser earlier this week, saying the corruption charges against his fellow Democratic Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee have tainted the routine of raising money. A third Democrat, Sen. Rod Wright, has been found guilty of eight felonies for lying about where lived when he ran for office.

"It's no secret that the Senate has been hurt recently by the charges brought against three senators," Steinberg wrote in an invitation asking Sacramento constituents to join him -- for free -- at the Land Park golf course on Sunday to talk about state policy.

"But it's important -- despite the acts of a few individuals -- that you know I am here to serve, to do the hard unglamorous work of fixing tough public-policy problems and most importantly, to do it the right way."

The event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Swanson's Grove in the William Land Golf Course, 1701 Sutterville Road, Sacramento.

PHOTO: A golfer plays at the William Land Park Golf Course in Sacramento in February 2011. The Sacramento Bee/Manny Crisostomo



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