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The candidates are coming. Well, a few dozen of them.

The Leadership California Institute is running a one-day conference at Sacramento's Citizens Hotel offering "Lessons in Leadership" to Democrats and Republicans who hope to be next year's first-term legislators.

The event is drawing some big-name speakers from the Capitol crowd, among them former Assembly Speakers Willie Brown, Bob Hertzberg and Curt Pringle, as well as former Senate Republican leader Jim Brulte.

As of Wednesday, the conference website listed 40 candidates expected to attend. Seventy percent are Democrats, and 30 percent are Republicans.

Meanwhile, three women's groups are hosting "Women's Dialogue: New Lines, New Opportunities" tonight on what the newly drawn political districts and the top-two primary system could mean for women running in the 2012 elections.

Listed speakers include Connie Galambos Malloy of the state Citizens Redistricting Commission, Mary Hughes of The 2012 Project, Rachel Michelin of California Women Lead, and Cassandra Pye of APCO Worldwide.

The event -- sponsored by California Women Lead, the California Commission on the Status of Women, and The 2012 Project -- runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento. Click here to learn more.

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS: An Assembly select committee meets at the San Diego Convention Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to consider plans for expanding it. Another Assembly select committee meets from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 444 to look at domestic violence and its worst-case scenarios.

TALK: Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, talks to Tahoe business owners at Gar Woods Restaurant, 5000 N. Lake Blvd., in Carnelian Bay at 10 a.m. about regulatory issues.

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, discusses a state audit of child protective services departments in Fresno, Sacramento, and Alameda counties. The report is to be posted online at 9 a.m. at this link. The news conference starts at 10 a.m. at Hugh Burns State Building, 2550 Mariposa Mall in Fresno.

RALLY: College students, educators, police, firefighters and community leaders rally at Cosumnes River College to urge Congress to pass President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act. The event starts at noon at the College Quad, 8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, celebrates his 65th birthday today.



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