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Delta_delta.JPGA trickle of details has widened into a river as officials formulate an ambitious new water plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Today the Delta Stewardship Council is meeting to discuss how to balance two interlocking goals: enhanced water delivery and environmental protection. (The Council can hear appeals and make recommendations but cannot alter the plan itself.)

That will include giving staff final instructions for preparing an environmental impact report. The daylong meeting convenes at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Capital Plaza, 300 J St.

The council isn't the only public agency meeting in Sacramento today. The California Health Facilities Financing Authority is also convening to consider, among other things, issuing up to $450 million in revenue bonds to improve facilities at Sutter Health. That starts at 1:30 p.m. at 915 Capitol Mall, room 587.

VIDEO: Gov. Jerry Brown has emphasized the economic potential of clean technology, but Dan Walters is amused that the CalPERS investment guru doesn't seem to agree.

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will be in Los Angeles today, talking to education officials and consulting firms about the governor's proposed 2013-2014 education budget. The key piece of the school funding framework is Brown's push to axe school funding mandates and increase funding for districts with more low-income or English language learner students.

Speaking of kids, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, is holding a press conference in San Francisco today to talk about a dearth of child care options for women and children in California. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at South of Market Child Care in San Francisco, 790 Folsom St.

Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, who is 53 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: Chipps Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. April 17, 2012 by Manny Crisostomo for The Sacramento Bee.



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