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MC_DELTA_06.JPGLawmakers are taking a break from bill hearings, but a California Water Commission meeting today intersects with several legislative hot topics. They include a presentation from the California Department of Conservation on proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations and an update from the Delta Stewardship Council on its blueprint for balancing ecological imperatives and a sustainable water supply. Starting at 9:30 a.m. at the state's Resources Building on 9th Street.

Speaking of the proposed Delta water project, the organizations crafting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan are meeting today to discuss its recently released final chapters, which detail what it will cost and how to pay for it. Featuring Jerry Meral, deputy secretary at the California Natural Resources Agency, the meeting runs from noon to six at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center.

VIDEO: A greater-than-expected surge in revenue should buoy schools, but Dan Walters says the windfall raises some questions about whether the fiscal boost will prove to be the exception or the rule.

PÉREZ PERAMBULATIONS: A quick update on what our legislative leaders are up to during their respective summer recesses: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has traded capital cities and is in Washington, D.C., meeting with federal officials. His meetings so far have included Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein still on the agenda.

DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS DECRIED: A group of advocates for the developmentally disabled is holding an 11 a.m. press conference in the State Capitol this morning urging Gov. Jerry Brown to fix what they call negligent conditions at state-run centers for developmentally disabled Californians (you may recall the Legislature looking at this). They will then try to deliver a petition to Brown's office, although they'll have trouble finding the governor himself, given his current itinerary.

STATE OF THE RACE: Who will be California's next secretary of state? Pete Peterson of Pepperdine University is hoping to make the answer "me," and he'll be talking about the contest thus far at the Hyatt Regency, starting at 10 a.m.

TAXPAYERS TALK: The Board of Equalization is holding one of its annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings today in Culver City today. Citizens can air their grievances and suggestions about taxes in California starting at 1:30 p.m. at the district office on 5901 Green Valley Circle.

PHOTO: Poppies frame Chipps Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on April 17, 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Manny Crisostomo


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