Yes, it's time again for California lawmakers to take a break from all that lawmaking, roll up their sleeves and see who can make the best California roll (it's made with the state grain, you know). The winner of the competition, put on courtesy of the California Rice Commission, gets a cool samurai sword trophy for their efforts. Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, and Assembly members Toni Atkins, Brian Dahle, Marc Levine and Richard Pan are expected to attend. Starting at noon at the Sheraton Grand.
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TIME FOR A RAISE? Whether lawmakers make enough money ranks fairly low on your average voter's list of concerns, but members of the Citizens Compensation Commission are tasked with thinking about such things -- and there's an indication that, after years of cuts, the commission could vote to boost elected officials' salaries. The other piece of drama likely to emerge at today's meeting, which gets under way at 10 a.m. at Sacramento City Hall, is whether a residency issue should deprive commission member John Stites of his vote.
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BILL-RELATED: It's lobby day for the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which means animal defenders will be pushing for bills that would prohibit lead ammunition that can poison animals, ban the sale of pets at swap meets and enact restrictions on trapping bobcats. An 11:15 a.m. press conference on the north steps is expected to feature Sens. Ted Lieu and Darrell Steinberg along with Assemblymen Richard Bloom, Roger Dickinson and Mike Gatto.
AFTER SAN ONOFRE: The California Energy Commission is meeting today to discuss, among other things, seismic threats to power plants and the repercussions of the decision to shutter the embattled San Onofre power plant. Commissioner Andrew McAllister and Michel Peter Florio of the California Public Utilities Commission are expected to be there.
BUSINESS BASHES BILL: We've brought you news already of the concerted push for legislation that would penalize big employers who don't pay their employees enough to keep them off of Medi-Cal. The business community has also mobilized, and representatives of the California Retailers Association, the California Business Roundtable, the California Restaurant Association and others are gathering at 10:30 a.m. today at the California Chamber of Commerce building on K street to voice their opposition.
WATER WARS: The Delta Stewardship Council is meeting today to hear about, among other things, the environmental impacts of Gov. Jerry Brown's massive proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (not to be confused with the lawsuit-besieged Delta Plan). The meeting kicks off at 9 a.m. at 980 9th Street.
WOMEN AND GIRLS GATHERING: The California Commission on the Status of Women and girls is holding a fundraiser today at the Citizen Hotel, featuring chair Geena Davis. Tickets for the event run from $1,000 for two tickets to $15,000 for the deluxe eight-ticket package; RSVPs include Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, and Assemblywomen Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, and Nora Campos, D-San Jose.
AIPAC ACCOLADES: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is honoring the California Latino Legislative Caucus tonight. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, are expected to speak.
PHOTO: Rice from a California Heritage Mill in Maxwell is seen in this photo on April 24, 2013.The Sacramento Bee/ Randy Pench.