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November 8, 2011
AM Alert: It's Election Day

It's not the big 2012 showdown, but today nonetheless is Election Day. In Ohio, voters are deciding whether to repeal a law limiting collective bargaining rights. In Mississippi and Kentucky they are electing (or re-electing) governors.

In San Francisco, voters will decide whether to make interim Mayor Ed Lee their first elected Chinese-American mayor. They'll use ranked-choice voting - an instant runoff system - to choose among 16 candidates. Democratic Sen. Leland Yee, the subject of some unflattering robocalls, plans to spend the day courting votes from his Leland Yee for Mayor trolley.

Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Gardena, is running for City Council in Los Angeles, seeking the seat vacated by Janice Hahn's election to Congress. Could be a runoff in January if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote.

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN: Education experts will gather at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento today for a sold-out summit to discuss the new kindergarten approach coming California's way.

Organizers say the transitional kindergarten year, added under legislation signed in 2010 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger changing the kindergarten entry age, will be the first new grade in California schools since 1891, when kindergarten was added.

Among the participants: Schools chief Tom Torlakson, Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian and the designer of Proposition 98, John Mockler.

Preschool California has more information here.

PRO-TAX PROTESTS: Refund California, a union-backed group seeking tax increases on businesses and the wealthy, is organizing protests that begin on college campuses today, including Fresno State and Sacramento State, and move to UC Davis and UC Berkeley on Wednesday. The group wants to put the money toward jobs and higher education.


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