It's water, water everywhere as the Association of California Water Agencies meets at the Sacramento Convention Center for its annual legislative symposium.
On the agenda: water infrastructure and the water bond still on the November ballot.
Panelists scheduled to discuss the water bond include Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield; Sen. Michael Rubio, D-East Bakersfield; Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore; and Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno. The association's executive director, Tim Quinn, will moderate.
Afterward, legislators and key aides are invited to lunch, where Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will deliver the keynote address. Click here to read the symposium agenda, which also includes pension reform.
Back at the Capitol, half a dozen committees consider budget-related matters, including long-term care and Medi-Cal managed care, higher education and financial aid programs, Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission, CalPERS and CalSTRS, the California Highway Patrol -- just to name a few. Other hearings will look at schools' food service contracts, land use and community development.
On the Senate side, the Rules Committee considers governor's appointees, starting at 1:30 p.m. in Room 113, with these folks required to appear: Will Lightbourne, director of the Department of Social Services; Patricia Leary, the department's chief deputy director; and Mark Ferron, member of the Public Utilities Commission. Click here for the Assembly's daily agenda, and click here for the Senate's.
Congratulations to Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, who gets the honor of hanging a framed samarai sword on his wall for a year now that he's won the 2012 Capitol Roller Award.
The Ceres Republican beat out Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan of Sacramento, and James Gore of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the California Rice Commission's 11th annual sushi rolling contest, held Tuesday at Sacramento's Sheraton Grand. The competitors got coaching from executive chef Billy Ngo of Kru, a contemporary Japanese restaurant in Sacramento.
FISH & GAME: The state's Fish and Game Commission (think Dan Richards) meets at Riverside's Mission Inn Hotel and Spa starting at 8:30 a.m. The long agenda, which you'll find at this link, includes a public forum. Expect the words "mountain lion" to be uttered.
NEW GIG: Matt David has signed on as senior adviser with Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's campaign for San Diego mayor. David was campaign manager for former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's presidential bid and also worked, once upon a time, for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, turns 52 today.