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Fresh off his latest visit to Los Angeles, President Barack Obama makes a stop in Kern County this morning to formally announce a national monument honoring labor organizer César Chávez of the United Farm Workers.

The national monument will make its home on the site known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz in Keene, some 35 miles southeast of Bakersfield. La Paz was the home and workplace of Chávez as well as the UFW national headquarters, and includes his grave site. If you're down that way and didn't register for the dedication, you're way too late to think about attending, according to the Bakersfield Californian.

Before heading to Keene, Obama is scheduled to attend a breakfast fundraiser this morning with former President Bill Clinton at the Pacific Palisades home of Michael King of King World Productions.

Then Obama heads from Keene to San Francisco for another concert fundraiser, this one at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Individual tickets cost up to $2,500, with John Legend and Michael Franti scheduled to perform.

Chefs Alice Waters and Tyler Florence will also lend their culinary skills to a fundraiser dinner. It'll cost $20,000 a plate to get in the door. Expected guests include 49er Alex Smith.

CAPITOL STEPS: Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, joins Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones and representatives of Crime Victims United and other organizations to highlight what they see as negative effects of public safety realignment and to propose reforms. The presser starts at 11 a.m. on the west steps.

MARCH: Seniors and health care advocates are holding a Columbus Day march and rally starting at 11:15 a.m. at Rep. Tom McClintock's Granite Bay office, 8700 Auburn-Folsom Road, to protest the Elk Grove Republican's stance on converting Medicare to a voucher program.



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