California state Sen. Robert Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) holds his head in his hands during a budget negotiating session of the state Senate on Feb. 17, 2009 in Sacramento.
Three Deals or No Deal: Two deals from Democrats and one from the governor are in play as we near the start of the 2010-11 fiscal year. [Sacramento Bee]
Weekend Visitor from Alaska: Sarah Palin makes a stop in California's farm belt, where she talked a lot about Jerry Brown. Brown also had some things to say about Palin. [SF Gate]
They Used to Hire People: Now many mid- to late-career professionals find it difficult to get hired. [Voice of San Diego]
2002 in Hindsight: Some sheriffs and supervisors look back on the 2002 pension plan with regret. [Contra Costa Times]
First, a Court Test for Prop 14: The measure passed in the June primary, but it might face a series of court challenges. [SF Gate]
Cut the Cuts Talk: Robert Cruickshank at Calitics looks at the many ways in which Californians have rejected spending cuts. [Calitics]