• May 2014 Toni Atkins

    Wednesday, May 21st The Sacramento Press Club is pleased to welcome California State Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins and the 2014 SPC Journalism Scholarship Awards Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins was given the highest honor by her colleagues this spring when they elected her to become California’s 69th Speaker of the state Assembly. A Democrat who spent eight years on the San Diego City Council, Atkins has long advocated on issues such as affordable housing for veterans and reducing homelessness.   Event Details

  • California Secretary of State Debate

    The race for secretary of state lost a candidate but gained renewed attention last month when Sen. Leland Yee withdrew after being charged in a criminal conspiracy. On April 23 we hosted a debate among the top contenders in a crowded field vying for the job of overseeing the state’s elections and several business programs. They discussed ideas to improve transparency and update the antiquated campaign finance and lobbying databases and a variety of other related topics. Photos from the event below. Video of the event – courtesy of CalChannel – is here.

    Taking part in the debate were:

    Derek Cressman, a Democrat and former leader at Common Cause.

    Alex Padilla, a Democratic senator from the San Fernando Valley.

    Pete Peterson, a Republican from Santa Monica and executive director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.

    Dan Schnur, a former Republican who is running as an independent, is director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

  • Spring Happy Hour Mixer

    Welcome back from spring break and reception for Sacramento’s newest reporters

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Sacramento Press Club spring happy hour mixer to welcome the latest additions to the capital city’s press corps. Special thanks to our party partners – the California Medical Association, Edelman, Comcast and Lucas Public Affairs. And, of course, thanks to Capital Dime for hosting us in their courtyard.

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    Capital Dime

    1801 L St Sacramento, CA 95811

    (Patio in the back of the restaurant)

  • San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

    The Sacramento Press Club welcomed
    San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

    San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has been in the headlines lately for his proposed pension reform initiative that would allow local governments to negotiate changes to government employees’ retirement benefits. Reed sued Attorney General Kamala Harris, a fellow Democrat, over the title and summary she assigned to the initiative, but a judge upheld it, making it unlikely that Reed’s initiative will qualify for the ballot this year. Still, the second-term mayor says he and the other mayors who support the initiative are not giving up on their efforts to scale back public employee pensions. Photos courtesy of Phil Kampel.

  • Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari

    On Thursday, March 6th

    Neel Kashkari faces a tall order this election year. A relative newcomer on the California political scene, Kashkari announced in January that he will challenge Gov. Jerry Brown. Best known for running the U.S. Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program when the financial crisis struck in 2008, Kashkari is running partly on his experience operating that program, in which he brought together Republican and Democratic lawmakers to write and pass landmark legislation. An Ohio native, Kashkari earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering at the University of Illinois and worked in the aerospace engineering industry before opting to join the world of finance, earning an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent the better part of the last year touring the state and meeting with people as he explored a bid for public office.

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  • Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

    Since his ascension to the post of Senate President Pro Tempore in 2008, Darrell Steinberg has overseen California’s upper chamber during some of the toughest economic times in modern history, while advocating for causes he cares about such as mental health. He was honored with the John F Kennedy Profile in Courage award by the Kennedy Library Foundation for his leadership in bipartisan budget negotiations that helped close California’s massive budget deficit. As he enters his final year in the California Senate, Steinberg will oversee a vigorous debate over how the state should spend its new surplus, including his efforts to push for expanded kindergarten programs. If you missed the luncheon click here to see coverage of the event.

  • Former Congressman and Department of Finance Director Tom Campbell

    You may have health care coverage, but where will you get medical treatment?

    Nonprofit hospitals provide the majority of all hospital services in California, and they are working overtime to increase access as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But what happens if government prescribes additional mandates? Former Congressman and Director of the California Department of Finance Tom Campbell discussed his latest research detailing the consequences of potential new state requirements on nonprofit hospitals and the millions of patients they serve.

  • January 2014 Documentary Screening

    The Sacramento Press Club presented a special screening of the documentary:

    RAPE IN THE FIELDS

    While debate rages on Capitol Hill over the legal and economic impact of immigration reforms, this FRONTLINE/Univision documentary focuses on the human side of the issue: how female farm workers fall prey to their field bosses and co-workers- and dare not denounce their attackers. Otherwise, they run the very real risk that they’ll lose their jobs or be deported.

    The Crest Theater, 1013 K St. Sacramento, CA

  • We’re here for you

    Join other 3.5 million people in making the right decision for the country. The biggest steps to fight climate change that any president has ever taken. He’s not waiting around for climate deniers in Congress who won’t even acknowledge the scientific fact of climate change to face reality in order to act—he’s taking bold steps forward.

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