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We'll get a sense of what's next for California's perpetually evolving Legislature after the polls close on a few different races today. In addition to choosing a new mayor, the citizens of Los Angeles will decide whether Sen. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, wins his runoff and secures a City Council seat (Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Los Angeles, secured a spot on the council back in March).

If Price prevails and swaps Sacramento for southern California, he would join the ranks of Democrats who have abdicated state Senate seats this year. Also on that list is former senator Michael Rubio, now employed by Chevron, whose former 16th district seat is the focus of a special election today that will feature five different candidates, chief among them anointed Democrat Leticia Perez and Andy Vidak, a Republican. Also up for grabs is the 80th Assembly district seat Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, represented before moving to the upper house. That race is a Democrat-on-Democrat contest between former Chula Vista Councilman Steve Castaneda and secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council Lorena Gonzalez.

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HISPANIC BUSINESS: The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce is convening its legislative conference at the Sheraton Grand today, where Senators Ricardo Lara and Hueso will speak to attendees. The evening reception is at the Park Ultra Lounge, where Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, will be offering a few words. The Chambers' legislative priority is a business development bill by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, along with legislation dealing with enterprise zones.

COMMERCE CLAUSE: Ahead of its big breakfast tomorrow, the California Chamber of Commerce is hosting a legislative update at which President and CEO Allan Zaremberg will talk about the organization's legislative priorities, including the bills it has labeled "job killers" and "job creators." From 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hyatt Regency.

AFTERSCHOOL ADVOCACY: Your kid might not be thrilled by the idea of spending more time at school, but the California School-Age Consortium is working to bolster after-school programs in California. Representatives of the organization will be meeting with lawmakers today toward that end, and a 10:30 a.m. rally on the west steps is expected to include Senators Mark Leno, Jean Fuller and Hannah-Beth Jackson, along with Assembly Members Richard Gordon and Joan Buchanan.

PHOTO CREDIT: The fate of the 16th district Senate seat formerly held by Michael Rubio, pictured here, will be a little clearer after today. By Felix Adamo / The Bakersfield Californian.



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