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dry_field.JPGSacramento's record winter stretch without rain has finally come to an end, but the California drought marches on -- and with it, California politicians' efforts to find a solution.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who yesterday spoke with President Barack Obama about the drought, continues his trip south with a visit to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles. Meeting with more than a dozen water leaders from across the region, he will discuss water management actions and the need for all Californians to conserve water.

Back in Sacramento, state Senators Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, are planning to announce new legislation to address the water crisis during a press conference in Room 3191 of the State Capitol at 8:45 a.m.

VIDEO: Until the state deals with its massive unfunded liabilities, calling the budget balanced is wishful thinking, Dan Walters says.

SHRIVER STRIKES BACK: Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver returns to Sacramento today to discuss recent findings from The Shriver Report on the financial security of women in America. The conversation, part of Dewey Square Group's "She Shares" series, takes place at the California Museum on O Street at 12:30 p.m. and will be streamed live. In her first visit back to the capital since estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger left office in 2011, Shriver is also expected to deliver her report to the governor's office and meet with members of the Legislature.

TUNNELS TIME: Those interested in learning more about the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan can attend an informational open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand on J Street. The events includes exhibits and will have project team members on hand for one-on-one discussions about the draft proposal and the draft environmental impact report, which were released last month.

PRISON POLICY: The Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review holds a hearing on the cost of incarceration and prisoner rehabilitation at 10:30 a.m. in Room 4203 of the State Capitol. Among those slated to testify is former Orange County Assemblyman Chuck Devore, now the vice president of policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank.

LUNCHTIME TALKS: A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California examines public opinion of Brown's 2014-15 budget proposal and a wide range of other fiscal issues, immigration and health care policy. PPIC research associate Sonja Petek will discuss the results at noon at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on 11th Street.

How is California doing compared to other states and countries in providing accessible, high-quality and affordable health care? Dr. Patrick Romano, a professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine, will address that question at noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

PHOTO: Fields planted with forage seeds wait for rain at the Van Vleck Ranch in Sacramento County on January 23, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.



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