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Well, that didn’t take long. Looks like Mary Hayashi is working hard to compete with Carole Migden for her title as Capitol’s Toughest Boss. Her new chief of staff, Stan DiOrio, didn’t last a month in his new gig after coming over from Laura Richardson’s office. DiOrio’s departure comes in the wake of a wholesale turnover in the office, leaving newly hired Tara Getty as the acting chief of staff. …

We were wondering how long it would last–two Thai restaurants within steps of each other. We thought we had our answer when the windows of My Thai, which was down the street from Gaesorn Thai, went dark. As it turns out, the restaurant is merely retooling a bit. The restaurant has closed for a few days as it undergoes a name change–the new restaurant will be called Solo. Solo will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will feature “American, Thai and Indonesian food,” according to the new sign outside the 9th Street window. …

For those of you looking for some new reading material during your legislative recess, two new California political books are getting ready to hit the shelves. First, there’s Bill Boyarsky’s political biography, Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics, which will hit bookstore shelves next month. And Unruh’s protege, Willie Brown, has penned his autobiography, Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times, set for release in February 2008.

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