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A campaign sign this summer along Highway 160 in the Delta opposes the $25 billion water tunnel project. Water customers are trying to lock in a reliable supply that wouldn’t be restricted by fish protection.

Capitol Alert: AM Alert: California lawmakers debate, denounce the Delta plan

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 - 6:21 am

While avian aficionados and flying fowl flock to the Sacramento Delta to revel in its natural bounty, legislators and policymakers continue to hammer Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan for potentially disrupting the area's precarious ecological balance.

In Granite Bay, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, and other public officials will kick off a weeklong celebration of Folsom Lake -- but not without some pointed words questioning whether the Delta Plan would protect the lake from being drained dry.

And over in Stockton, the Delta Coalition will bring together area lawmakers and experts for an event trumpeting "The Real Delta Story," which presumably is a story detailing the deleterious impact of massive water conveyance tunnels. Expected are Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, head of Restore the Delta; Senators Lois Wolk and Cathleen Galgiani; and Assembly members Susan Eggman, Jim Frazier, Kristin Olsen and Mariko Yamada. Starting at 10 a.m. at the University of the Pacific Alumni House.

EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED: The sometimes-irascible Brown may not always light up the room, but he can still light up a mansion. The Governor's Mansion State Historic Park has restored a floor of the storied building and installed a new lighting system, and the governor will celebrate the latest luminosity during a "Light Up the Night" event tonight. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the governor's mansion.

FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY: Coming on three years after President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law, the Senate Agriculture Committee will examine the implications for California's vast array of food producers. Witnesses will include Rick Jensen of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and speakers from the California Farm Bureau Federation, the Western Growers Association, California Certified Organic Farmers and California Citrus Mutual. Starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Stockton City Council Chambers.

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