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salmon_trucking.JPGOne fish, two fish, red fish, blue state fish.

The Legislature's Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture holds its annual forum on California's fisheries today, starting at 10 a.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol. Fishermen and scientists from across the state will report in throughout the all-day event, which is headlined by Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and Charlton Bonham, director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, in the morning.

Part of this year's forum will focus on the impact of the drought on California fisheries and the state's response. Salmon migration has been particularly affected and an effort to truck hundreds of thousands of fish downstream made headlines last month.

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WEIGHING IN: California is currently undergoing major changes to its K-12 education system with the implementation of Common Core standards and a new funding formula for school districts. The Public Policy Institute of California has surveyed statewide views on those programs, as well as proposals such as universal preschool, and will present the findings at noon at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on 11th Street.

IT'S ELECTRIC!: The state's independent oversight agency, the Little Hoover Commission, will take a look at how policy changes have affected the affordability and reliability of energy supplied by California's public utilities, 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol.

GET INSIDE YOUR HEAD: This might go over better than the Strollin' Colon: As part of its Epilepsy Awareness Day at the Capitol, Epilepsy California will host a giant inflatable brain on the south lawn. The public can tour through the brain and learn about seizures starting at 8 a.m.; California Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana Dooley will visit at 10:30 a.m.

SAFER STREETS: Community-organizing network PICO California sponsors a legislative briefing on local approaches to reducing gun violence and supporting reentry of former inmates, 2 p.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol. The discussion will focus on efforts in Oakland, Richmond and Stockton and how to scale up policies for statewide implementation.

RISKY BUSINESS: UC Irvine criminology professor Susan Turner discusses the integration of a risk assessment tool into the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's parole practices over the past decade, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

PHOTO: Chinook salmon smolts are released from a tanker truck on March 25, 2014 in Rio Vista, Calif. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench



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