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There's nothing like a drought to make everyone care even more than usual about water, and the water bond-centric conversation at the State Capitol has lawmakers, water agencies and conservationists all laying out priorities for the multi-billion dollar question voters could be asked in November.

Today, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, local elected officials and Assembly members, and a group of water, farming and business associations will lay down a marker on the north steps of the State Capitol.

Attendees in addition to Mayor KJ will likely include the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Northern California Water Association and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Since geographic priorities often seem to trump partisan loyalties in the water bond debate - something you can see in Central Valley Republicans signing on to Democratic proposals, for instance - the event could offer a decent taste of where a slice of the North State stands.

VIDEO: We'll be talking about this primary election for a while, Dan Walters says, but not for ideal reasons.

LICENSE TO DRIVE: As the tug-of-war over forthcoming licenses for undocumented immigrants continues, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles will be rallying in L.A. against a federal decision that California's proposed design is too subtle. CHIRLA and allies, including legislative leaders and the Latino Caucus, want the new cards to be as discreet as possible; the feds want them to be distinct.

BUDGET BATTLES: Lest you forget, the Sunday deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget or forfeit their salaries is inching closer. The budget conference committee meets again today to hammer out remaining differences; you can read about the distances between various parties in today's Bee, and stick with us throughout the week for the latest budget news.



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