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Tim Hodson photo1.JPGTim Hodson, former director of Sacramento State's Center for California Studies, will be honored at a memorial service today at Sacramento's Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

The service begins at 1:30 p.m. at 11th and K streets. A reception will follow at the University of California Center Sacramento, 1130 K St.

Hodson was an expert on California politics, starting his Capitol career as a staff member for the state Senate. He died Oct. 25 of cancer at age 61, shortly after penning a poetic lament about the state of the state.

Click here to read The Bee's obituary. Learn more about his legacy at this university website.

Later this afternoon, eight Sacramento area cities compete in a charity tournament benefiting local foster youth program JumpStart 21, with Assemblyman Roger Dickinson -- who played varsity basketball for UC Berkeley back in the day -- dribbling for hometown Sacramento.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson isn't listed on the team rosters, but Sacramento City Council members Rob Fong and Jay Schenirer are ready to go.

"I'm just hoping that when all is said and done, none of us will be heading to the emergency room," Fong told the Sacramento Press last week.

Another attraction: a tournament version of the Royal Court Dancers. Bee columnist Marcos Breton is emceeing the event. Catch it from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation, 9040 High Tech Court in Elk Grove.

9-1-1 SERVICE: Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Pomona, chairs a select committee hearing on the next generation of 9-1-1 emergency service, starting at 10 am. in the Capitol's room 437.

WOMEN'S SUMMIT: Democratic Assemblywomen Joan Buchanan of Alamo, Nancy Skinner of Berkeley and Susan Bonilla of Concord host a women's summit to discuss the effects of state budget cuts on women and children and to mark the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in California. The event starts at 1 p.m. at Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

FACEBOOK: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be talking with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook Live from 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific Time about education, jobs and the state budget. Learn more at this link.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Hodson, courtesy of California State University, Sacramento



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