Romualdo Pacheco was California’s the first Hispanic governor.  He started his career in politics in 1854, when he was elected as San Luis Obispo County judge–a post he held for four years. In 1857, he was elected to the California Senate was re-elected in 1861. Pacheco also served as California’s state treasurer from 1863 to 1866. Pacheco returned to the State Senate in 1869 in a contested election. His opponent, Patrick Murphy, asserted that Pacheco was not a qualified elector for the district. The Senate Committee on Elections investigated and found Murphy’s allegations to be without merit.
In 1871, Pacheco was elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor. He assumed the office of the governor when Governor Newton Booth resigned in 1875. He served as governor for approximately ten months and left office on December 9, 1875.
Maria de Jesus Jacinta Guirado was born into an influential California family. Her father, Don Rafael Guirado moved from Guaymas, Mexico to Whittier, California in 1833. In 1852, Maria married John Downey, an Irish immigrant who made a fortune after starting a drugstore and bank in Los Angeles. He also founded the town of Downey.  In addition, John Downey served as Governor of California from 1860-1862.
Maria was described as educated, beautiful, and refined. She felt that one of her duties as First Lady was to help the more unfortunate. After John left office, he and Maria moved back to Los Angeles. Maria Downey died tragically in a train accident in the Tehachapi Mountains on January 29, 1883.
Boys with a violin and a guitar on North Broadway Street in Los Angeles. (circa 1889)
Luis Walter Alvarez was born in San Francisco in 1911.  Dr. Alvarez attended the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in 1936.  He joined the University of California at Berkeley as a research fellow in 1936 and later became a professor.  Among his many awards and honors, Dr. Alvarez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1968.  

This week’s featured haiku is by Ana Rosa Núñez and is included in A dozen tongues 2001:  our vanishing wilderness.

Nothing of the old cypress remains
light makes its nest
on the railroad tracks

The American Haiku Archives is a special collection that has been housed in the California State Library in the California History Room since 1996.

Pio de Jesus Pico was the last Mexican Governor of California. He served as Governor of California during the Mexican era from 1831-1832 and a second term from 1845-1846.
It’s #FoodieFriday.  Ladies in Peach Tree (1924)

Conservatives Split Over Copyright Law - Watchdog.org

Data Preservation and the Republic: New Lifeblood in the Digital Age? - Wired

Exhibit to Show Reno as World’s Divorce Capital - U-T San Diego

Hives on Library’s Roof Help Promote Beekeeping - SF Gate

Hollywood Knew Private Photo Leaks Long Before the 2000s - Variety

Horton Meets a … Who? Introducing the Kwuggerbug, from Seuss’ ‘Lost Stories' - KPCC

Library Considers Adding Pot Magazine to Shelves - Statesman Journal

Medieval Illustrations of the Hellmouth Make Sunnydale Seem Tame - io9

New Technology to Address Hollywood’s Digital Archiving Dilemma - Hollywood Reporter

Pastor Wants Vampire Books ‘Purged’ From Library - Opposing Views (Includes video)

Report: Millennials Reading More Than Older Adults - SF Gate

Rosa Parks’ Archive Heads to the Library of Congress - SF Gate

Studies in the News - a weekly compilation of policy-related articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau

Ten Unusual and Beautiful Public Libraries - The Telegraph

Today’s Library: Teaching Tech Alongside Literacy - Queens Chronicle

UC Helps Build Resources, Revenue at Private Armenian University - SF Gate

Pasadena Ocean Park Stage Line Bus (circa 1930)
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It’s Adult Literacy Awareness Month. You can change a life by tutoring at your local library. As State Librarian Greg Lucas wrote in today’s Sacramento Bee, magic happens when learners and tutors come together.