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Here's a not-so-pleasant wake-up call for California's congressional delegation:

Nearly 80 percent of California voters surveyed in the latest Field Poll issued a thumbs-down for Congress' job performance.

The sliver of voters who do approve of their representatives' work dropped from 24 percent in January to a record-low 12 percent this month.

President Barack Obama's job ratings also continued to slide.

A slight majority of the 503 voters polled -- 52 percent -- gave Obama good marks. That's down from a 56 percent job approval rating in January, which was down from 60 percent in October.

Voters are now split on the president's handling of the proposed health care system overhaul -- 45 percent to 45 percent. Those marks were higher than Congress' handling of the health care package. The poll showed that 80 percent of voters disapprove of Congress' dealings with the bills.

Rob Hotakainen has more on the results in today's Bee. Click here to see the poll and statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert.

The Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation meets in La Jolla for a morning hearing on local efforts to curb the effects of climate change and energy security issues.

On the subject of AB 32, the campaign behind a proposed ballot measure to suspend the implementation of the emissions-reduction law reported a slew of big contributions yesterday, including $500,000 from the Texas-based Valero oil firm and $100,000 from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which announced its formal support yesterday.

Meanwhile, Environment California, which opposes the proposed initiative, filed a complaint yesterday with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that the campaign had not properly reported its funding sources.

In another ballot battle, publicly owned utilities, including SMUD, and others have filed a lawsuit to push Proposition 16 off the June ballot.

That's the Pacific Gas & Electric Co.-bankrolled measure to require a two-thirds voter approval for plans that would use public funds or bonds to expand service to new customers.

The lawsuit, which you can read here, alleges that the measure misrepresents what it would do.

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