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Day 27. Still no budget

On Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata appealed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help end the budget stalemate.

"I mean the governor's the guy that I'm looking to now for the leadership -- to get everybody to calm down now," Perata said.

Schwarzenegger called a press conference and announced the budget should not be "delayed any longer."

Within the hour, the governor announced his plans for today, which include a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in San Jose.

The pair will tour Echelon Corp., a California company that develops technology to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.

Schwarzenegger will join Ban Ki-moon for a mid-morning press conference about California's efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

Up in South Lake Tahoe, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association wraps up a three-day conference about "Leading the Way on Climate Change."

The highlight of Friday's schedule is a keynote address by California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey.