Assembly Speaker John Perez talks with Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (AP Photo)

January 04, 2012

Assembly Speaker John Perez, center, talks with Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, left, Susan Bonilla D-Concord, right, in the Assembly during the first day of the legislature of the new year at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Lawmakers face the year with a $13 billion budget deficit and a other hot topics including pension reform, high-speed rail and a multibillion dollar water bond.

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