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VIDEO: Dan Walters wonders whether all those lawmakers elected by slim margins will survive in 2012 when the electorate shrinks.

REVOLVING DOOR: Former Assemblywoman Alyson Huber may have left the Legislature but she's staying close to the Capitol. She'll be just a block away at the K Street office of law and lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig, where she's been hired on as a lawyer in the government affairs and litigation practices.

Huber was a business litigator for nine years before being elected to the Assembly in 2008. She decided not to run for re-election last year after redistricting left the Democrat in a district dominated by Republicans and the news came out that she was going through a contentious divorce that involved defaulting on the million-dollar mortgage of her El Dorado Hills home.

RETIREMENT: One of Gov. Jerry Brown's key education advisers has announced she'll be retiring at the end of the year. Sue Burr, executive director of the state Board of Education, served many local and state education agencies during her 40 year career. She was assistant superintendent of Elk Grove Unified, undersecretary of education under Gov. Gray Davis, and a consultant to the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. In her retirement letter to Brown, Burr thanked him for "providing a wonderful coda to my career."

EDITORIALIZING: The editor of The Bee's editorial page holds a public discussion today about how the editorial board works. Stuart Leavenworth will talk about how the editorial board selects topics, makes decisions, divides beats, chooses op-eds to publish and makes political endorsements. It's at 11 a.m. at KP Public Affairs, 1201 K Street, Suite 800. RSVP to Chelsea Minor at or 916-448-2162.

ELECTION DE-BRIEF: The Public Policy Institute of California hosts a discussion at 4 p.m. exploring the outcome of the November election and its implications for the state's future. Panelists include San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders, syndicated columnist Mark Shields, and Warren Olney, KCRW public radio host and producer. The event is in San Francisco but will be broadcast live online. Register for the webcast here.


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