Things are relatively quiet in the Legislature today, with the three-day weekend pushing floor session back to Friday so folks can claim per diems.
Instead much of the action will be happening a few blocks away at the Sacramento Convention Center, where a flood of state officials will descend for a daylong conference on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan for making California’s water system more resilient and able to withstand droughts like the one we are very much in, recent rains notwithstanding. Disputes over desalination, dam construction (or removal), groundwater and the governor’s controversial Delta tunnels continue to boil.
The confab, cosponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies, will feature a long list of speakers, Brown himself among them. Also California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez, California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus and a range of people representing agriculture and the environment.
BASHFUL: It’s January, which means it’s time for the annual whiskey-soaked, cigar-redolent Back to Session bash put on by the California Tribal Business Alliance. Lawmakers and interest groups will mingle amid the sweet sounds of musical guests. Last year it was Naughty By Nature, though unfortunately no one got on stage and danced like they did with Coolio.
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VOTECH: More vote-by-mail, near-automatic registration at the DMV: new ways of voting are reshaping how people turn out. A UCLA panel today will examine how changing behavior and new technology will influence the 2016 election, drawing on experts like California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Starting at 6 p.m. at Kerckhoff Hall.
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CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, who turns 59 today.