It’s been a big year for water policy in California: As the state’s severe drought entered its third year, lawmakers reached a new water bond deal that will go before voters Nov. 4, and pushed through historic groundwater regulation over objections from the agriculture industry.
Much of the impetus has come from Gov. Jerry Brown, who called on Californians in January to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent – a request residents finally seem to be heeding – and is more focused this fall on passing Proposition 1 than his own re-election campaign.
He’ll dive further into the world of water at a policy conference today at Stanford University, hosted by The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
Following a welcome from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and introduction by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Brown will deliver remarks on the landscape of water in the west. His speech, scheduled for 9:20 a.m., will be webcast.
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VIDEO: Negative campaign ads are taking over in the final weeks of election season, Dan Walters says.
LAST CALL: There are only 15 days to go until the November election, which means today is your last chance to register to vote. If you have an abiding interest in rainy-day funds or the medical malpractice damages cap and have not yet registered, head to registertovote.ca.gov.
TROUBLES AHEAD: What are the biggest challenges facing California’s next governor? Political insiders, including failed secretary of state candidate Dan Schnur and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, discuss what problems should be on his agenda, and the best solutions, 4 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.
I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE: The August earthquake in Napa was the largest the San Francisco Bay Area had experienced in almost 25 years. The Assembly Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness holds a hearing on what lessons California can learn from the quake going forward, 10 a.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.
INSIDE THE BELTWAY: The Bay Area almost feels like a mini-Washington, D.C. today. From the executive and legislative branches of our federal government, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco for the “ultimate women’s power luncheon,” a Democratic fundraiser, 11 a.m. at the Fairmont Hotel. And representing the judicial branch, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is scheduled to speak at San Jose State University at 4 p.m. The event is streaming live.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who turns 50 today.
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