The Legislature is off Monday in observance of Cesar Chavez Day, so what should have been a quiet per diem session today will instead become the latest chapter in the bombshell saga of state Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested by the FBI on corruption charges this week.
The floor session at 9 a.m. will be the first time the Senate meets since the explosive revelations of bribery and gun trafficking involving the San Francisco Democrat. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and both of California's U.S. Senators have called upon Yee to resign.
It is expected he will be suspended, but what form that action takes remains up in the air. Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff has already introduced a resolution to suspend Yee, though the last time he tried that with a colleague, his measure was parked in the Senate Rules Committee.
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SÍ SE PUEDE: Cesar Chavez, the late labor icon who helped lead the movement to organize farm workers, is honored every year on March 31, his birthday, with a California state holiday. The Assembly plans to recognize the occasion by inviting 10 members of Chavez's family, including three of his siblings, to accept a resolution honoring the activist's legacy during the 9 a.m. floor session. The presentation was organized by Assembly members Nora Campos, D-San Jose, and Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville.
GOING HOLLYWOOD: This weekend also marks the release of a biopic, Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Peña. The United Farm Workers, a union that Chavez helped start, holds a special screening and panel discussion at 8:30 p.m. at the Century Stadium 14 theater. The event is preceded by a reception at Seasons 52 Fresh Grill on Arden Way at 6 p.m.
GIRL POWER: Sacramento women doing great things will be honored by their local representatives, Steinberg, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson and Rep. Doris Matsui, during the inaugural Women's Appreciation Awards ceremony. The event, which starts at 6 p.m. at the California Museum on O Street, marks the ends of Women's History — or "Herstory," if you prefer — Month, celebrated in March.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, who turns 54 today, and state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, who turns 45 on Saturday.
PHOTO: State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, leaves Federal Court in San Francisco on March 26, 2014. Bay Area News Group/Karl Mondon