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US_NEWS_ENV-DELTA_2_SA.jpgInterest in Delta water issues continues to rise as details of Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious water project pour out. Part of what makes the governor's proposal so complex is that it doesn't just concern water delivery -- while the tunnels that would send water south are a big part of it, the blueprint also calls for restoring and preserving the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Researchers and water officials will be discussing some of the hurdles to those goals during a half-day Public Policy Institute of California event today. Held at the Sheraton Grand on J Street, the "Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem" event will feature Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Peter Goodwin, lead scientist for the Delta Science Program; Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources; Phil Isenberg, chair of the Delta Stewardship Council; Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board; and Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies.

VIDEO: The fog of secrecy enveloping California lawmaking has thickened, and Dan Walters says something needs to be done about it.

BOND, WATER BOND: Lawmakers will be flowing into Malibu today for a hearing on the proposed water bond that would fund the aforementioned project. Expected to attend the public event are Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens; Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; and Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica.

BONDING OVER SCHOOLS: Speaking of bonds, the California League of Bond Oversight Committees is meeting today to talk about some of the issues in the ever-fraught field of school bonds. Expected to appear are Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. Starting at 9 a.m. in the Pagoda Building, at 429 J St.

DOMESTIC WORKERS: For the second day in a row, domestic workers and mothers will be honored at a breakfast attended by lawmakers. This morning's edition is being held at a Salvadorian restaurant in Los Angeles by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which is part of the coalition sponsoring a domestic worker rights bill authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. On the guest list are Assembly members Roger Hernandez, Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez and Chris Holden.

DEADLINE DAY: Every day is deadline day here at Capitol Alert, but the Legislature is facing an important one: Today was the last chance for policy committees to hear and report to the floor non-fiscal bills introduced in their house.

BAD TIMING: The California branch of conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum is rallying on the west steps this morning against incoming Common Core standards and then proceeding into the building for its lobby day -- undeterred, evidently, by the fact that lawmakers have left Sacramento for the weekend.

PHOTO CREDIT: Water politics related to the Sacramento River, pictured here last month near Courtland, are on the agenda today. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee.


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