Interest in the drought around the Capitol has focused on the implications for farmers, but they're not the only ones squeezed out by the lack of water: Last week, state officials prohibited recreational fishing in dozens of streams across California because of concern over the impact of low flows on the spawning season of threatened salmon and steelhead trout.
Today the California Fish and Game Commission considers whether to extend that ban, already the broadest in state history. At the urging of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the agency may vote to close several more bodies of water to fishing through April 30, including a section of the American River near Folsom and Rancho Cordova.
Fishing groups have largely supported the bans in order to preserve vulnerable species for future fishing. The meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m. at the Resources Building on 9th Street.
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HANGING OUT: All is quiet on the legislative front as the Democratic and Republican caucuses hold off-campus retreats this week to discuss policy priorities and political strategies. Yesterday, Assembly Democrats got a visit from Robert Reich, former labor secretary under Bill Clinton, while Gov. Jerry Brown dropped in on Senate Dems.
THERE AND BACK AGAIN: Former congressman Doug Ose is seeking a return to the House this November in the 7th District. One of three Republican challengers to freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, who narrowly won in 2012, Ose opens his campaign headquarters in Fair Oaks with a celebration tonight at 6 p.m. The party simultaneously commemorates late President Ronald Reagan's birthday, which is Thursday; former Reagan spokesman Doug Elmets will welcome guests. Jelly beans will be served.
INSIDER EXCLUSIVE: Subscribers to the Capitol Alert Insider Edition can get veteran political analyst Tony Quinn's take on key legislative races, as Republicans seek to cut into Democrats' supermajority status this year. In the second of five parts released this week, Quinn and reporter Christopher Cadelago looks at key Assembly races in Central California. You can subscribe to the Insider Edition app for iPad and iPhone.
PHOTO: Tom Fox of south Natomas prepares to cast his line while fishing for salmon at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers on October 7, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench