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LSHISTORICCHINADOMIMAGE.JPGWhat gets preserved and what passes out of memory?

How about a Contra Costa County boarding school for Chinese American boys? An apartment complex displaying the epitome of International Style? A restaurant bound to the symbolism of Route 66? A cluster of buildings recording Southern California's bygone citrus industry?

Those are among the nominees to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, which the State Historical Resources Commission will consider at a meeting today in the Resources Building Auditorium on 9th street, starting at 9 a.m.

In a related development, political junkies and history nerds will gather in Reno today for a conference of collectors devoted to campaign curios and presidential memorabilia. The American Political Items Collectors show runs through Saturday at the Atlantis Resort and Hotel in Reno.

VIDEO: Marin County recorded a minor but still important victory for government transparency, Dan Walters says.

FARMLAND FACTS: Some big names appear for the list of attendees to an event focusing on farmland conservation in Napa today. The daylong confab will include talks on the status of California's farmlands and the roles that local agencies or the state of California have to play.

Speakers include California Secretary of Food & Agriculture Karen Ross, California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger, California State Board of Food and Agriculture president Craig McNamara, California Department of Conservation Director Mark Nechodom, California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, Sen. Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, and Ken Alex, director of the Governor's Office of Planning & Research.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDIFICATION: Coming off the release of a poll spotlighting Californians' strong desire to curb climate change, the Public Policy Institute of California is holding an event at which Sonja Petek will discuss how Californians feel about their state's environmental policies. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th St.

PHOTO: An historic image shows an area referred to as "Chinadom" along I Street in downtown Sacramento, in the 1800's. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling, courtesy of the California History Room of the California State Library in Sacramento


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