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Salmons.JPGSwordfish, salmon, crustaceans and sea urchins are some of the agenda items before the Legislature today. The 40th annual Fisheries Forum is in town, and lawmakers who sit on the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture will hear from scientists, conservationists and fishermen representing locales from San Diego to San Mateo County.

Also appearing before the committee will be John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency and chair of its Ocean Protection Council; Charlton Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Sonke Mastrup, executive director of the California Fish and Game Commission. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in the Capitol's room 447.

Four Senate budget subcommittees are also meeting to consider elements of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan. The one on education, for instance, will be looking at his proposals for the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges systems. Click here for the Senate daily file.

THE AIR DOWN THERE California likes to cast itself as a beacon for environmental policy, and today's visit from a Mexican official seeking air pollution pointers should help that notion. Cruz Juvenal Roa Sánchez, secretary of environmental protection for the State of Mexico (the state, not the country), is dropping in to the Bureau of Automotive Repair's Rancho Cordova headquarters to learn about California's smog check program at 10 a.m. (By the way, if you want to take a look at comparative air pollution levels across California, there's a nifty new tool for that).

CHEVRON REFINERY FIRE: Speaking of air quality, the Air Resources Board is meeting all day at 1001 I St. to discuss, among other things, how organization has responded to the Chevron refinery blaze and how it will prepare for similar incidents in the future.

LOW-CARBON HOV: One more emission-related item: Senate Bill 286 by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, that would extend until Jan. 1, 2018, a special allowance permitting some low-emission vehicles to drive in the HOV lane is expected to come up for a floor vote today, according to Yee's office.

COLLEGE READINESS: As schools across the country prepare to implement new Common Core standards intended to prepare students for higher education, the Public Policy Institute of California takes a look at how California schools have fared so far in getting students ready for the next step. A lunch event will examine findings from San Diego schools. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Conference Center, 1020 11th St.

POLITICS IN THE AGE OF FACEBOOK: How have social media changed politics? That's the topic of a UC Center Sacramento speaker series lecture on social networking websites and civic engagement this afternoon. Featuring Mario Guerrero of the California Polytechnic State University Pomona, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1130 K St., Room LL3.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, who is 55 today.

PHOTO CREDIT: A researcher for the Center for Watershed Sciences holds two small salmon at Knaggs Ranch in the Yolo Bypass near Woodland on April 3, 2013. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee.



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