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AM Alert: Strong early support for water bond ballot measure

Awareness remains low for Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion bond to bolster California’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems, but early response is largely positive. A new Field Poll indicates that voters are likely to pass the measure, which was added to the November ballot last month in a bipartisan deal that received high political praise.

Twice as many likely voters said they are inclined to vote yes as vote no on the water bond, 52 percent to 27 percent, with the remaining still undecided.

Only about a third of respondents had seen, read or heard anything about Proposition 1 before the poll, but there is an encouraging sign for proponents as campaign season kicks off: Support was even higher among voters with prior awareness, at 57 percent.

David Siders has more in his story from today’s paper. Here are the statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert, as well as the publicly released results of the poll.

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PAID SICK LEAVE: It came down to the wire, but a proposal from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, to guarantee workers three paid sick days a year passed the Legislature in the final hours of session. Gov. Jerry Brown won’t keep the suspense going. He plans to sign the bill at 9:45 a.m. at Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles. Brown’s decision to approve the paid sick leave legislation is not a surprise; he helped broker the final deal, including a controversial exclusion of home health workers, that got the bill past intense business opposition.

HISTORY LESSON: Learn the history of California as told through its changing topography. Bill Riddle, senior librarian of California documents at the State Library, presents a series of digitized U.S. Geological Survey maps to show the development of the state from the late 1800s until today, 5:30 p.m. at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building on Capitol Mall.

HMONG CELEBRATION: Hmong Americans host a celebration for Hmong History Month featuring music, speeches and cultural exhibits, starting at 9 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol. Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, will be there at 11:15 a.m. to discuss the contributions of the Hmong community during and since the Vietnam War.

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