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A few days after officials began releasing draft details on Gov. Jerry Brown's multibillion dollar water plan, Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, is holding a hearing to scrutinize the state's record on delivering clean drinking water. It starts at 10 a.m. in room 437 of the state Capitol.

While there are some signs that the housing market in California may be fitfully emerging from its long downturn, there are still concerns about a lack of affordable housing. A joint hearing of the Assembly Committee on Housing and the Community Development and Committee on Revenue and Taxation is taking a look at how state government is spending money on housing. Starting at 1:30 p.m. in room 126.

Look for the Assembly to vote today to send $2 million ASAP to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office for extra help to work down a six-week backlog of business filings. Then look for Assembly Democrats to stand with statewide business representatives to praise the quick action after the Bee's Jon Ortiz reported the backlog.

Officials from the California Public Employees' Retirement System are meeting today to talk about their 2013-2015 business plan and the outlook for long-term pension and health benefits, the first of a three-day meeting of the CalPERS board of administration. Starting at 10 a.m. at 400 Q Street.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is meeting today to discuss, among other things, a resolution to authorize selling up to $8.6 billion worth of bonds. Starting at 11 a.m. at 915 Capitol Mall, room 587.

Speaking of transportation, we've gotten wind of a job move: Will Kempton will be taking over today as executive director of the advocacy group Transportation California. Kempton recently served as director of the Orange County Transportation Authority; before that, he was head of Caltrans.

Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, who turns 48 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: Juan Gonzalez, of Fresno, drinks water from a well that tested for high nitrate levels, at Washington Union High School at John Ventura Stadium on Aug. 11, 2012. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee.


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