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LAdiversity.jpgMore than 16 years after California voters passed Proposition 209 prohibiting the state from factoring race, gender and ethnicity into hiring decisions, a bevy of public officials will be taking stock today at a state-sponsored employment workshop.

Speakers at the daylong event will include Anna Caballero, secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency; Julie Chapman, director of the California Department of Human Resources; Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP; E. Dotson Wilson, the Assembly's chief clerk; Cynthia Bridges, executive director of the State Board of Equalization; and Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, (who, incidentally, is getting married this weekend).

VIDEO: Even as Sacramento heralds a new budget deal, court closures highlight the fact that the fiscal pain isn't over, Dan Walters says.

CITIES' COUNSEL: City officials from around the state will be in Sacramento today and Friday for League of California Cities policy committee meetings, where they'll hammer out positions on policy issues ranging from CEQA reform to the budget. Things will be under way simultaneously at the league's K Street headquarters and at the J Street convention center.

GREENHOUSE GAB: We brought you news recently of the consternation that greeted Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to borrow half a billion dollars from the recently launched carbon auction fund, with enviros worrying that the shift would undermine the state's emission reduction goals. Citizens will get to offer input today on how California reaches those targets -- the state is supposed to purify the air to 1990 levels by 2020 -- at the first of several workshops hosted by the California Air Resources Board. At the CalEPA building on I Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

JOB MOVE: Joe Nuñez, who has been government relations director for the California Teachers Association, was named the CTA's executive director.

BUSH IS BACK: Presidents past and present have been swinging through the Golden State lately -- last week Bill Clinton and Barack Obama visited, and today George W. Bush is speaking at the Western Riverside Council of Governments' General Assembly meeting at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon.

LILLY LEDBETTER: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women's rights activist Lilly Ledbetter -- namesake of the first bill President Obama signed, as he's fond of reminding people -- will be speaking to the organization Equal Rights Advocates at the Union Square Hilton in San Francisco today, starting at noon.

PHOTO: Commuters walk into a tunnel at Los Angeles's Amtrak-Metrolink Union Station under the mural "City of Dreams/ River of History" by artist Richard Wyatt, showing the diversity of California's population, on Aug. 30, 2000. Associated Press/Damian Dovarganes.


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