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HighSpeedRailsigning.jpgThe California High-Speed Rail Authority is convening in Sacramento today to weigh issuing up to $810 million in bonds for projects linking the speedy new trains to existing local and regional rail. Starting at 9 a.m. at the Sacramento City Hall Council Chambers.

The sprawling rail project has run into criticism about financing. Earlier this week, the High-Speed Rail Authority tried to forestall legal battles by suing everyone.

Water plan: Today is the second of a two-day meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, an oversight agency that was birthed by the 2009 Delta Reform Act. The council doesn't wield too much clout when it comes to shaping a massive planned water project for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta -- it mostly has an advisory role -- and at today's meeting officials will be outlining plans for environmental impact reports. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, 300 J St.

VIDEO: A state auditor report finding issues with the new Bay Bridge project vindicates The Bee, which reported on weaknesses in the bridge construction plan despite official pushback, Dan Walters notes.

Human trafficking: Looking ahead to the weekend, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is going to be hosting an event about human trafficking in California (there are several bills before the Legislature that deal with the issue, including AB 156, AB 694 and AB 795). The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Natomas Unified School District's education center, 1901 Arena Blvd.

Celebrations: Happy birthday to Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, who is 44 years old today.

And a preemptive happy birthday to Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, who will turn 61 on Sunday.

Also, an anticipatory happy Cesar Chavez Day! The actual holiday falls on Sunday, but the state of California -- and the agencies that will be closed -- observes it next Monday, April 1.

PHOTO CREDIT: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation authorizing initial construction of California's $68 billion high-speed rail line. By Marcio Jose Sanchez for AP Photo on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.


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