A competitive streak and a fierce attachment to the city you represent: professional sports teams and elected officials have some common ground.
So the common ritual of trophies and championship athletes visiting the Capitol seems fitting. There was a little flareup of regional pride on the Assembly floor when former San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo stopped by last year, as tends to happen with baseball. A former Assembly Speaker was all smiles as he got to meet the Stanley Cup and also claim a personalized jersey.
Today California football teams get to bask in public adulation. It’s been a while since the Raiders or the 49ers won it all, but they still have eight championships between them. All of the corresponding Vince Lombardi trophies will be on display near the Capitol, part of the hype preceding the Super Bowl landing in Santa Clara in February. Fans of both teams are encouraged to visit the trophies on the west side of the Capitol, at 10th street and Capitol Mall, from noon to 4 p.m..
The event is being promoted by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson but as of Friday, Newsom didn’t plan to stop by and no other public officials – including those hoping to lure an NFL team to Los Angeles – had confirmed they would be attending.
CORRECTION: The California Board of Parole Hearings is meeting today and will review legislation passed this year that broadens the parole process for offenders who incurred lengthy sentences for youthful crimes. Senate Bill 261 expands eligibility from people who were younger than 18 at the time of the offense to people who were younger than 23. There will also be an update on how the state is faring with a three-judge panel’s prison population reduction order.
RUN, RIVER: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Water Resources have been soliciting input for new ecosystem restoration and flood control projects along the Sacramento River watershed, no small proposition given that Sacramento bears the second highest flood risk of any U.S. city. Today’s the last day to submit public comment.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, who turns 42 today.