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VIDEO: Tuesday's Los Angeles elections had minuscule turnout, but Dan Walters says he wonders why anyone wants to be mayor.

Senators are back from their two-day education retreat and diving into budgetary business. The Budget and Fiscal Review subcommittee on Education is taking a look at Proposition 98 and K-12 funding in this year's proposed budget (room 3191 at 9:30 a.m. or after session); the Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy And Transportation subcommittee is convening in room 2040 at the same time; and the subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety, and the Judiciary is meeting in room 113, where they'll be taking on topics that include a double-dipping practices reported on by The State Worker earlier this year.

Gov. Jerry Brown will be attending a funeral service for two Santa Cruz police officers, Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler, who were slain while investigating an alleged sexual assault last week. The service begins at noon at HP Pavilion in San Jose, and police officials have said they are expecting potentially thousands of people to attend.

Domestic workers and advocates will be rallying in Los Angeles today for Assembly Bill 241, a piece of legislation by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, that would strengthen labor protections for domestic workers. Ammiano will be at session, but staff from his office are expected to attend. Starting at 9:30 a.m. outside the Los Angeles State Building.

The UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series is continuing today with a talk on civil rights in California at a time of soaring political activity from Latinos and Asians. Featuring Patricia Gandara and Gary Orfield, co-directors of UCLA's Civil Rights Project, from noon to 1:30 at 1130 K St., Room LL3.

Proposition 37, the ballot initiative that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods, failed in November, but Washington state is pressing on with I-522, the People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. GMO labeling advocates are meeting in Anaheim today to discuss the effort in Washington state and lessons learned from Prop 37 falling short. From 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.

Job news: the California Department of Insurance has gotten a new legislative director. Starting on April 1, Robert Herrell will start managing the agency's legislative duties while also serving as deputy commissioner.

A belated congratulations to Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, whose family got a new member with the birth of his second son, Alejandro Miguel, on Monday.

And happy birthday to U.S. Rep. (and former state senator) Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, who turns 52 today.


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