Connecting the dots for Wednesday, June 8

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It’s a busy day on Capitol Hill as the state Senate gets ready to vote on the latest revision of the beleaguered, belabored budget. The point of contention between both sides of the aisle remains the extension of Brown’s notorious tax rates until a public vote in September…

The Senate is also considering a bill that would ban the open carrying of unloaded handguns in California. Both the Assembly and the Senate Public Safety Committee have already pulled the trigger…

Also emerging from the Assembly is a bill that would require Bay Area cities, counties, and districts in charge of state-granted, coastal land to have a plan for rising sea levels by 2013…

Developers of a new neighborhood on Treasure Island, approved yesterday, will also want to factor sea-level rise into their plans. And it sounds like they have, in the form of a sea wall that will double as a tsunami barrier…

Rising sea levels are just one symptom of climate change – increased snow pack melt is another. Officials say lingering snow-pack in California mountain peaks is creating a “disastrous situation” for the rivers, streams and reservoirs below. A summer heat wave could mean summer flooding…

According to Stanford researchers, heat waves are likely the wave of the future in North America – the very-near future. Within the next 20 years, they predict we will be experiencing the kind of temperatures melting the East Coast right now on a regular basis…

What more appropriate way to prepare for unprecedented heat than with an unprecedented mass of a hamburger? Chefs at the Alameda County Fair will attempt to grill up a 625-pound hamburger on the world’s largest grill on Saturday, July 2.

Connecting the dots brings the day’s news together.