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California lawmakers on legislative recess are out and about today.

Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis, for instance, is in Fairfield helping to launch the Solano County Literacy in Education Project. Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is visiting Los Penasquitos Elementary School in San Diego, where he's running for mayor. And Republican Sen. Bill Emmerson of Hemet is hosting a senior health fair in nearby San Jacinto.

Republican Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield, meanwhile, is sticking to her hometown, where the Kern County Water Agency is hosting an event discussing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the State Water Project.

The all-day conference at Bakersfield College Gymnasium features GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, House majority whip, and Democratic Rep. Jim Costa of Fresno.

Fuller is among the panelists, who also include Jerry Meral, Natural Resources Agency deputy secretary, as well as Timothy Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies, Jeff Kightlinger of Metropolitan Water District, Mike Wade of the California Farm Water Coalition, and Jim Beck of the Kern County Water Agency.

Click here for more information about the conference, including the agenda and a list of panels. The Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report earlier this week on potential funding alternatives for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which you can find at this link.

LTGOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom meets today with His Holiness Aram I, catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia - in other words, the head of one of the two sees of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel's Crystal Room.

PUMPKIN ALERT: The UC Davis Children's Hospital is sponsoring a Capitol Family Fun Day on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol's west steps. The event has a Halloween theme, so look for free pumpkins while they last. Click here for more information.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, celebrates her 61st birthday on Sunday.


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