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VIDEO: Dan Walters says that in California, the rich have been getting richer and the poor have been getting poorer, which is strange for a state that prides itself on being egalitarian.

Members of the California Democratic Party's executive board head to the Bay Area this weekend for the party's first official gathering since Election Day. Members no doubt will celebrate their wins as they work through party business at the Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae.

Speakers during Saturday's general session include Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Proposition 39 backer Tom Steyer. Sen. Leland Yee, the San Francisco Democrat who carried the state's new online voter registration law, will give the luncheon keynote speech that day. Find the agenda at this link.

Gov. Jerry Brown will also be in the Bay Area today -- he's scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The U.S. Green Building Council event is at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

In the south state, Attorney General Kamala Harris attends an all-day symposium at the University of Southern California, where she'll release a report on human trafficking. Listed keynote speakers at the lunchtime session include U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales.

SERVICES: The funeral for Sacramento lobbyist Tim Howe is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave. in Sacramento. The veteran Democratic political consultant died at 66 of a heart attack Nov. 9 while cycling in the American River Parkway.

NEW GIG: Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher has posted on Facebook that he's joining Qualcomm as its senior director of corporate development after his Assembly term ends Dec. 2. Read more at this link.


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