Gov. Jerry Brown is in Los Angeles today, slated to speak at the memorial service there for a longtime civil rights and religious leader, the Rt. Rev. Hamel Hartford Brookins.
Brookins, 86, was a bishop of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church and a mentor to former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others. He died May 22.
"The son of Mississippi sharecroppers, Brookins rose to prominence in the 1960s and '70s as an articulate, self-assured champion of black political empowerment," this Los Angeles Times obituary says.
The Democratic governor was also among the many political figures Brookins advised or supported, according to the obituary. The service starts at 11 a.m. at the First AME Church of Los Angeles, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd.
With California's presidential primary looming, the latest Field Poll finds that President Barack Obama leads Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 16 percentage points among the state's voters, but more of them are undecided than three months ago.
Another fun fact: "No-party-preference" voters back Obama over Romney by almost two to one, 48 percent to 25 percent, with 27 percent undecided, according to the poll.
ELECTION 2012: The Secretary of State's Office releases the latest figures on California voter registration today. Meanwhile, there are seven ballot initiatives awaiting signature verification: "Deadline to qualify for Nov2012 ballot = 6/28," that office's official Twitter feed declared Thursday.
LEGISLATURE: Both houses have adjourned until Monday.
CAPITOL STEPS: Cadets graduating from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Sacramento State and UC Davis will be on the west steps at 11 a.m. for an officer commission ceremony.
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger is in Sacramento, taping a radio show, meeting folks at the Gramercy Court Healthcare & Retirement Community, and attending a fundraiser this evening for the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center at the Citizen Hotel. He'll also be marching Saturday in the Sacramento Gay Pride Parade. Torey Van Oot has more about Karger in this post written during his last visit to the capital city.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, turns 61 on Saturday.