Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Is California’s drought over?

After a relatively normal wet winter in northern California, some of California’s largest water reservoirs have recovered. Some state restrictions were lifted, and water districts in the Sacramento region have removed mandatory water use cuts. Does that mean the drought is over?

State Climatologist Michael Anderson will address this question and discuss potential future water policy during a lecture hosted by the University of California Center Sacramento. The hour-long talk will begin at noon at 1130 K Street. Lunch will be provided, and no RSVP is necessary.

Anderson will also discuss how to measure the current state of the drought. The Bee Editorial Board cautioned officials to take a long-term approach to water conservation. The Sacramento City Council decided to maintain the limitation on lawn watering to two days per week.

CONSERVATION CORPS TURNS 40: State officials including Senate President Pro Tem (and acting Gov.) Kevin de León, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, state Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang and Controller Betty Yee will gather in Los Angeles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gov. Jerry Brown creating the California Conservation Corps in 1976. Brown spoke with the Bee last week on starting the corps, saying he supports the idea of mandatory service for young people.

According to its motto, young people between the ages of 18 and 25 can sign up with the corps for a year of “hard work, low pay, miserable conditions...and more” to protect natural resources and do emergency response work. Corps members will clear brush in the Griffith Park area this morning, followed by the celebration at 11:30 a.m.

EASIER EXAMINATIONS? The State Personnel Board will consider allowing CalPERS to finalize its transition to new, “more general” examinations for Investment Managers and two related positions. The adjustments are intended to help CalPERS “broaden recruitment efforts and retain candidates.” The exams are constitutionally required to maintain the integrity of merit-based hiring. The decision will affect around 80 current positions. The meeting will be at 10 a.m. at 801 Capitol Mall.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Happy birthday to U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs