A pigeon hogs the frame of a fixed camera pointed at the Capitol from a nearby rooftop on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. The camera provides a shot the CalChannel uses during its broadcasts of legislative business.

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    Gov. Jerry Brown has renegotiated a gambling compact with a major tribe in San Diego County, citing declining gambling revenue in a pact that will reduce the tribe’s required payments to the state. The Brown administration and officials with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians said the tribe can no longer afford the terms of a 2004 compact, which required Viejas to contribute a flat fee of $17.4 million to the general fund each year. The state now will receive reduced revenue of about $3 million to $5 million annually.

    David Siders

The Buzz: Pigeon is surprise star of water bond deal

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 - 9:19 pm

New legislative star has

bird’s-eye view of Capitol

What’s a bored Capitol community to do while it waits for a water bond deal? Make a star of a pigeon.

As legislators caucused before an afternoon session Wednesday, the California Channel’s filler broadcast of the Capitol dome was interrupted by an avian cameo.

Natalie Ramirez, who works in Cal Channel’s master control room, noticed the pigeon, which appeared to be staring at its reflection in a camera atop the Legislative Office Building, and tweeted a picture dubbing it “Birdzilla.”

It became a social media favorite, inspiring more pictures and jokes as the session stretched into evening and the pigeon returned.

Legislative aide Chris Chavez suggested Cal Channel launch a “Pigeon Week” to compete with Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The popular parody account “Unruly Unruh” started a rumor that “the water bond contains $2.7 billion to build two new giant bird baths to win over support from #Birdzilla.”

The pigeon even inspired a parody Twitter handle of its own. “I long for the days when I could nest in one of Jackie ( Speier), Debra Bowen or Elaine Alquist’s lapel flowers. #safehome,” it wrote.

Alexei Koseff

Worth repeating

“Most of what we do here is of no consequence to the people of California. This is.”

REPUBLICAN SEN. JIM NIELSEN, on approval of a new water bond for the Nov. 4 ballot.

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