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AM Alert: Jackson Browne plays anti-death penalty concert in Sacramento

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, sings a few tunes for Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Dec. 1, 2011.
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, sings a few tunes for Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Dec. 1, 2011. The Associated Press

With less than two weeks to go until the election, supporters and opponents of an initiative to abolish the death penalty in California are locked in a tight battle for a divided electorate.

Can a song make a difference? Rocker Jackson Browne is hoping he can get audiences to “pay attention” to the flaws of execution with a mini-tour of benefit concerts. After stopping in San Diego on Monday, Browne will play a show tonight at 8 p.m. at the Crest Theatre on K Street. Proceeds from the tickets, which run from $65 to $75, will go to the Proposition 62 campaign.

Proponents lead in fundraising so far, thanks to major contributions from Silicon Valley executives, but the no side is making a last-minute push to save capital punishment. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association this week launched a seven-figure television spot urging voters to keep the death penalty for the worst killers.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Watch a television ad from opponents of Proposition 61, the drug pricing initiative, then find out why its use of veterans is misleading.

HOLD ON HOLD OUT: Most of the 17 ballot measures this fall will pass, according to a new CalSpeaks poll conducted by Sacramento State’s Institute for Social Research. Researchers surveyed likely voters earlier this month on 13 of the initiatives and found all of them leading their opposition, though a handful – including Proposition 62 and Proposition 67, a referendum on the statewide plastic bag ban – still fell under the 50 percent threshold. The directors of the poll will discuss the results at noon at Hinde Auditorium in Sacramento State’s University Union.

WALKING SLOW: A racial gap in civic participation stubbornly persists in California, particularly among Latinos and Asian Americans, and that could have profound implications for political representation as the state’s demographics shift ever more nonwhite. Representatives from the Secretary of State’s Office and advocacy groups will discuss what they are doing to better engage and turn out traditionally underrepresented voters, which also includes young adults and the poor, at a hearing hosted by the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee, 5:30 p.m. at the San Diego State Building.

WORTH REPEATING: “It looks like a poor man’s version of Disneyland. It’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen.” - Donald Trump, on Palm Springs and its electricity-generating windmills

FOR AMERICA: Another October is nearly over, which means a new group of promising young political hopefuls has arrived in Sacramento to gain experience working in legislative offices, state agencies and county courts. The 64 members of the 2016-17 class of Capital Fellows will be welcomed to the program with a photo day on the west steps of the Capitol, starting at 8:30 a.m. Keep an eye out for them around the halls of the Senate and Assembly next session, because they just might be the next House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy or state Controller Betty Yee, who both completed their fellowships in 1989.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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