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AM Alert: What can California glean from San Bernardino attack?

Pictures of the shooting victims are displayed at a makeshift memorial site on Dec. 7, 2015 in San Bernardino.
Pictures of the shooting victims are displayed at a makeshift memorial site on Dec. 7, 2015 in San Bernardino. The Associated Press

Lawmakers are off next week for spring break – Australia should be fun – but not before some final bits of business.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management will meet at the San Bernardino County Government Center at 10 a.m. to discuss last December’s terrorist attack – what the response team did right, what they got wrong and how California can be better prepared for any future incidents.

Representatives from local law enforcement, medical and emergency agencies will testify, including county Sheriff John McMahon and city police Lt. Michael Madden, the first officer on the scene.

The mass shooting at a holiday party for county health workers left 14 dead and 21 wounded. It has also sparked debate over California’s gun laws, which are some of the toughest in the nation, and digital encryption, as the federal government has battled with Apple over access to the shooter’s iPhone.

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER: California’s extended drought is threatening the Chinook salmon with extinction. Over the past two years, more than 95 percent of juveniles have died before making it out to sea, baked to death in the Sacramento River as water temperatures climbed above 56 degrees. Worried that this year could be the third strike for the endangered fish, officials are doubling down on a controversial preservation plan that last year failed to keep the young salmon alive: It holds back more water in storage at Shasta Lake through the spring, in the hope it will be cold enough to sustain the fish once it is released into the river. Scientists are not convinced the strategy will work, and farmers are especially frustrated at losing even more of their annual allocation. The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a public workshop on the plan, 9 a.m. in the Cal/EPA building on I Street.

THE TIDE IS HIGH: Rising tides, heavy storms and industrial sand-mining projects are battering California’s beaches and eroding our shores. What can the state do to conserve and restore its iconic coastline? The Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection will discuss the problem and potential solutions, 10 a.m. at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Nearby Monterey Bay beaches have the worst erosion in the state, recently prompting a fight over a Cemex sand mine that has been there for decades.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assembly members Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, who turns 63 today, and Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, who is 51. Early well wishes to Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Los Angeles, who will be 43 tomorrow.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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