VIDEO: Dan Walters says, in today's report, "It's time for Jerry Springer" to weigh in on the Nadia Lockyer-Mary Hayashi saga unfolding in California's Alameda County.
It's the moment that California water wonks have been anticipating: This morning, Gov. Jerry Brown and federal officials are officially announcing a controversial federal-state deal on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will join Brown in Sacramento, as will Eric Schwaab, who's the assistant administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service. The presser starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Natural Resources Agency, 1416 Ninth St.
The Bee's editorial board took a look earlier this week at the plan, which would include a pair of 35-mile-long tunnels moving water from the Sacramento River to pumps south of Tracy. The editorial, which you can read here, notes that the deal has shaky support.
That shakiness will be in evidence at another presser at 12:30 p.m. on the Capitol's west steps, where Democratic Rep. John Garamendi, Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis and Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill of Ceres join farm bureau representatives and fishermen as well as consumer and environmental advocates worried that the deal could put Northern California water rights and the Delta itself at risk.
Meanwhile, nearly half of California registered voters delayed getting medical care in the past year because of costs, according to the latest Field Poll, with dental care was most frequently postponed. Cynthia Craft has more details in today's Bee. For more numbers, click here to read the publicly released poll. You'll find the statistical tabulations compiled exclusively for Capitol Alert at this link.
YOUTH: The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project is holding its 30th Capitol Day, with 120 student leaders meeting with Capitol denizens and conducting mock legislative hearings. Anna Caballero, the secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency, is listed to speak at a 10:30 a.m. news conference on the Capitol's north steps.
CITY EMPLOYEES: California's largest cities have shed about 10,000 jobs in the past few years. The Bee's Phillip Reese runs the numbers at this link.
PHOTO CREDIT: Aerial view of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the islands separated by the Franks Tract in the foreground; San Joaquin river in the middle and the Sacramento River in the background. Bradford Island, center, is flanked by Jersey Island on the left and Sherman Island in the background. Nov. 11, 2008. Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee