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The 75th U.S. Conference of Mayors opens today in Los Angeles with some high-profile speakers, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is expected to tackle the topic of urban issues and economic challenges faced by African American mayors.

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to prevent Gun Violence, will participate in a forum on crime and social justice. Other topics under discussion include "Helping city employees secure financial survival in retirement," the "High school dropout crisis" and "Bringing in new city revenue by tapping new tourism markets." The first day at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza ends with what the program calls the "quintessential L.A. gathering -- a poolside party under the stars."

Saturday speakers include Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Also in Los Angeles today, the state Air Resources Board continues its discussion of greenhouse gas emissions. At the Capitol, the Veterans of Foreign Wars holds a "Support Our Flag" rally.

And with Schwarzenegger skeptical about signing a budget by July 1, the Budget Conference Committee will meet upon call of the chair.

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