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A new report out today finds that residents of many California counties have experienced double-digit increases in their cost of living since 2008.

Dan Walters reports that the report from the Oakland-based Insight Center for Community Economic Development "provides statistical ammunition not only for advocates of raising minimum wages and other steps to aid the poor, but for conservative anti-tax groups, since the center found that taxes are the largest single element in living cost increases."

If you're in the Silicon Valley today, you have a chance to catch Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, at the YWCA
Silicon Valley 21st Annual Luncheon. Myers, who wrote the New York Times best-seller "Why Women Should Rule the World," is the keynote speaker at the event, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The Jesse M. Unruh School of Politics says it is developing a memorial award in the name of pollster Andre Pineda, who died last week at age 46.

CAKE & CANDLES: Happy Birthday to Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, who turns 59 today.


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