VIDEO: Maybe Mark Twain said it, maybe not, but Dan Walters says in today's report that the old "whiskey's for drinking and water's for fighting" quote still holds true in California.
Fresh off the official announcement Wednesday that federal officials are backing a proposal to build two tunnels to divert water from the Delta, Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to San Diego County for another official event, this one having to do with renewable energy.
Brown will join local, state and federal officials to dedicate a transmission line at the Suncrest substation in Alpine. The 117-mile line has a name -- Sunrise Powerlink -- and its dedication ceremony is attracting protesters opposed to industrial energy users tapping into the line as turbines are built in the desert.
San Diego Gas & Electric cranked up the line last month, which this news release describes as "a 500,000-volt transmission line linking San Diego to the Imperial Valley, one of the most renewable-rich regions in California." The event starts at 9:30 a.m., but protesters are expected to show up earlier.
Meanwhile, the nationwide Latino outreach effort called "¡Todos a Votar!" ("Let's Vote!") makes its first stop in Stockton, where the Roman Catholic Diocese is working with Valley leaders, Eliseo Medina of SEIU and others to register Latino voters.
The presser starts at 10 a.m. at La Comision Honorifica Mexicana, 609 S. Lincoln St. Organizers will hold similar events later this week in San Diego, Riverside and Gardena, and also plan stops in Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Colorado and Texas.
CAPITOL STEPS: The 21st annual California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities has scheduled a photo shoot on the Capitol's west steps, then a luncheon for participants at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St.