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Just in time for the holidays, California lawmakers have received a raise after years of reductions by the California Citizens Compensation Commission.

Also taking effect Sunday was the resignation of now-former state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands. Gov. Jerry Brown has 14 days to call a special election to fill the vacancy in the Inland Empire seat.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, CalTech Director Carlos Ramos, and state Sen. Alex Padilla will join tech leaders this morning at a conference on technology and government. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Secretary of State's Office.

VIDEO: The snow's flying, and Dan Walters says Jerry Brown is running for re-election.

Casino groundbreaking: Gov. Jerry Brown will be at today's groundbreaking for the new Hawaiian Gardens Casino. The administration says the project is expected to create hundreds of jobs. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Menora lighting: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, will be among those attending the 20th Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol. The event begins at 4:30 p.m., with live music, children's games, and Chanukah gelt.


PHOTO: Gus Demas, fiscal officer of the California Assembly, addresses the California Citizens Compensation Commission in June shortly before the panel voted to grant a five percent raise for the state's 120 lawmakers and 12 constitutional officers. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer



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