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Editor's note: this post was corrected to reflect the fact that Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod represents Chino, not Chico.

VIDEO: Dan Walters says news that some CalPERS managers are getting extra pay should come as no surprise.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles is holding a press conference at Los Angeles City Hall to call for comprehensive immigration reform, staring at 10 a.m. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, is scheduled to be there, along with labor groups and immigration advocates.

Immigration seems likely to be on the national agenda, with President Barack Obama reportedly poised to unveil his plan for an overhaul, and Capitol Alert's Jim Sanders has reported that it could get play in California, too. Gov. Jerry Brown said yesterday that he "expected to be involved" in the national debate.

Today, meanwhile, is the last day to file for upcoming special elections in two state Senate districts.

Assemblywoman Norma Torres, San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker and former Downey City Council candidate Gabriel Orozco, all Democrats, have filed statements of intention to run. Up for grabs is the 32nd Senate District seat that Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, vacated.

Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, resigned his seat when he was elected to represent California's 51st Congressional District. Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, is the odds-on favorite to win in the 40th Senate District.

The special primaries will be held March 12, with the general elections scheduled for May 14.

If there seems to be a larger number of lawmakers around the Capitol than is usual for a Friday, it could be because of the state holiday on Monday, when Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed. Legislators lose their per diem payments if they don't meet every three days.



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