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Air_Force_One.JPGAll eyes are on Fresno today, as President Barack Obama makes his first-ever visit to the region to discuss California's severe drought. He will be joined by Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

In addition to meeting with local farmers, Obama is expected to announce about $200 million in aid programs for Californians, including livestock disaster assistance, additional funds for food banks, and grants for rural communities experiencing water shortages.

Obama will then head down to Rancho Mirage for the weekend to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II and golf at the famed Sunnylands estate.

VIDEO: Brown needs to show us the money for the high-speed rail and Delta water tunnels projects, Dan Walters says.

HOW TO DEAL: Back in Sacramento, the Association of California Water Agencies is sponsoring a half-day briefing on the drought, starting at 9 a.m. at the Crest Theatre on K Street. State officials and local water districts will provide an overview of California's drought conditions, impacts across the state and strategies for managing the crisis.

LUNCHTIME TALK: For the past two years, researchers from Stanford University have partnered with San Francisco Unified School District to study the effectiveness of different instructional programs for teaching English language learners. Sean Reardon of Stanford and Ritu Khanna of SFUSD discuss the results during a seminar at 11:30 a.m. at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street, sponsored by Policy Analysis for California Education.

GOING ONCE...: Happy Valentine's Day to all! If you forgot to buy a gift for that special someone, perhaps you can make it up by stopping by Saturday's state auction, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Surplus Property and Reutilization Warehouse. Featuring surplus state property and items confiscated by the California Highway Patrol and Transportation Security Administration, there are plenty of potential Valentine's goodies on the docket, including gold jewelry, watches and "his & hers" drinking glasses.

CELEBRATIONS: There will be no AM Alert on President's Day, so an early happy birthday to Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, who turns 46 on Monday.



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