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California State University trustees are gathering privately today and tomorrow in Burlingame to interview candidates for the job of chancellor. And who might they be talking to about heading up the 23-campus system? The university won't say.

But political scuttle has it that state Treasurer Bill Lockyer is interested in the position. Bee editorial writer Dan Morain says Lockyer isn't up to the task, while political commentator Joe Mathews says he's the best candidate for the job.

Cal State will probably announce the new chancellor in about a month, according to a university spokeswoman.

BILL SIGNING - Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez will be in Silicon Valley today for a bill signing ceremony at a meeting of the Bay Area Council. The legislation in question will "strengthen California's trade relationships and support the state's businesses," the Guv's office says.

THERE'S NO SUCH THING - The Public Policy Institute of California hosts a discussion today about closing the achievement gap for English-learner students in the state's schools -- along with a free lunch. All the info is here.


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