- Preparing for deportation: In the past fiscal year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement made almost twice as many arrests (30,396) in its fugitive operations program as it did the previous year, reports the Register. ICE also picked up more than 4,000 illegals in workplace raids - up 11 percent from 2006. The increase in raids have immigration rights advocates urging families to plan for a deportation. On the to-do list: "taking care of property records and finances and making clear plans for who will care for children if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests caretakers."
- Wanna be on the OC Grand Jury? Is reviewing the work of local government agencies for $50/day your idea of a good time? Then sign up for the 2008-2009 Orange County Grand Jury. The Superior Court of Orange County is accepting applications now. Details here.
- Shaky ground for the mayor-who-would-be-governor: Last year, many Cal Dems saw Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the likely heir to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's throne. But the mayor's botched attempts to take over the school district and his hand-in-the-cookie jar affair with former Telemundo reporter Mirthala Salinas have pushed him down the list of gov. would-bes, reports Duke Helfand at the Times. Others on that list: Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (who has his own brand of extramarital dirt), former Controller Steve Westly and Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.
- From Black Friday to Cyber Monday: Not sick of shopping yet? The Register's retail blog has a list of sites listing today-only web deals.
- Food for thought: "Why do people — gay or straight — need the state’s permission to marry?" history professor Stephanie Coontz wonders aloud in today's NYT Op-Ed section. For most of Western history, that wasn't necessary, writes Coontz.
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