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    Anthony Rendon-California Assembly Speaker

    Speaker Anthony Rendon took over the Assembly chamber in March 2016 with a unique leadership approach: He’s pledging to let members of his caucus take the credit and push through their own legislation for his first year at the helm. Rendon can afford to spend a little time getting accustomed to his new role, as the first Assembly Speaker since voters agreed to extend term limits to 12 years, he could be in the post for a while. Rendon first drew widespread attention for authoring Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond that voters approved in 2014.

    But he also has pledged to pursue an unabashedly liberal agenda focusing on funding for education and social service programs. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Rendon directed a Head Start program, headed the California League of Conservation Voters and taught in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton.

    Anthony Rendon joined the Sacramento Press Club on March 31, 2016 and shared his interesting background and his plans for the future.

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    Jodi Remke, chairwoman of the FPPC

    In an effort to shine more light on the money that influences California politics, Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman Jodi Remke recently announced a proposal to expand the definition of lobbying to include so-called “payments to influence” – like the millions of dollars poured into a campaign last year against proposed legislation that would have cut oil use in the state. Remke says payments to influence have exploded in recent years, growing to $24.5 million in 2014.

    Remke, a member of the bar since 1992, was appointed to the head of the campaign finance watchdog agency by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014 and reappointed to a full term last year. She is responsible for overseeing California’s campaign finance, governmental ethics and lobbying rules, which is no small feat in an election year.

    She previously served as presiding judge of the State Bar Court, the first in the nation dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. She also previously served as counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee and practiced real estate law. Jodi Remke joined the Sacramento Press Club on Monday, February 29th and shared her plans to oversee campaign spending and enforcement in this election year.

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    CNPA Government Affairs Day

    The Sacramento Press Club has contracted with the CNPA Services Inc. to manage the organization. CSI takes over for longtime Executive Director Kathy Beasley, who is happily retiring the post after 30+ years as an active member of the Press Club. The new partnership gives the Press Club a permanent office location and access to a staff that provide event planning, membership, communications and legal support.

    As part of this collaboration, the Press Club co-sponsored the California Newspaper Publishers Association Government Affairs Day on February 3, along with the California Black Media and the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown were invited to speak at the event, which was followed by a cocktail reception that was open to all GA Day attendees, who got a chance to mingle with the state’s legislators and constitutional officers.

  • Now Accepting 2016 Journalism Scholarship Applications

    The Sacramento Press Club is now accepting online applications for the 2016 Journalism Scholarship Awards! Seven scholarships totaling $34,000 will be awarded, including two new scholarships honoring Bob Schmidt and Doug Willis! If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the field of Journalism, you are encouraged to apply. For more information about the scholarships available and eligibility requirements, visit http://sacpressclub.org/scholarships/

    The deadline is March 31, 2016.

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    SPC Holiday Mixer at KBAR

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    Catching up with Leah Horner, SPC’s 2015 Jerry Gillam Journalism Scholarship Recipient

    “Leah Horner here, recipient of the Jerry Gillam scholarship this year. I wanted to share some updates in my life!

    I just finished my internship on the east coast at WBOC in Salisbury, MD. It was everything I’d hoped it would be. I was able to go out with reporters every day for four days a week and report on anything from murders to fishing. I had the chance to sit in on a three day long court case about human trafficking, and I have to say it was a very educational three days. I can honestly say I find court fascinating and love covering cases. I also went to multiple crime scenes, which I found intense but exciting. There were a surprising amount of gun related murders this summer, and I was able to go to every crime scene. As hard as it was, I loved every minute of it.

    There were, of course, happy days as well. I helped cover an event where professional surfers from around the world came to Ocean City to teach kids with autism how to surf. I loved this story so much that I decided to write and edit my own version of it! Here’s a link if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LReRFUxx75Q

    I think they realized how much I love what I do because within just a few weeks, they were sending me out to shoot my own stories. I had to have a photographer with me for liability reasons, but I would get to put together my own stories that would air in their evening broadcasts. It was such an honor! By the end of my time, they had unofficially offered me a job. The managers would tell me if I dropped out of school and didn’t study abroad this fall, they’d hire me on the spot. It felt good to be so appreciated.

    I obviously couldn’t do that, so they told me they look forward to hiring me when I’m done with school. I definitely could see myself moving to east coast to work at WBOC in a few years.

    I’m currently in Brighton, England. I’ve only been here a few days, but it’s so different! I love it. I will be writing a study abroad column for my school, Cal Poly, while I am here. It’ll be nice to get more writing experience under my belt.

    Everything is chaotic and busy but it’s worth it! I want to thank everyone at SPC one more time for awarding me with such a generous scholarship. I can’t express how much it has helped me, especially through an unpaid internship and an expensive semester abroad.”

    If you or your company is interested in supporting Journalism scholarships, consider becoming a Press Club 50 member. For more information, visit http://sacpressclub.org/press-club-50/

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    Malika Saada Saar, Human Rights Attorney & Advocate

    Human rights attorney and advocate Malika Saada Saar has a long list of accomplishments, including leading the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that trafficked children, working to end the federal practice of shackling pregnant women in U.S. prisons and advocating for millions of dollars in federal funding for at-risk families. In addition to her title as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group, Saada Saar is Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), which focuses on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. and a member of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. The Obama White House selected her to serve on its Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

    Now Saada Saar has launched an effort called No Such Thing, a campaign to end the use of the term “child prostitute.” Sacramento Press Club welcomed Malika Saada Saar on October 22, 2015 to discuss her work helping some of the most vulnerable.

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    SPC Happy Hour Event

    When: Wednesday, October 16, 2015, 6-8pm
    Where: Vanguard, 1415 L St, Sacramento
    RSVP to sacpressclub@gmail.com

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    Catching up with Ben Egel, SPC’s 2015 Earl Squire Behrens Journalism Scholarship Recipient

    Interning for the Sacramento Bee has been a wonderful, exciting, challenging experience. I have been exposed to tools and techniques which can only be offered at a top-tier, large news organization, and will definitely miss the Bee’s technology when I return to school in the fall. Other lessons, however, will be easier to bring back. My resolve has been strengthened on gruesome crime stories, while my storytelling abilities have grown on thought-provoking features. Editors have trusted me to report on truly influential news, and are clear about what changes were made to my work and why they were made. I’ve worked hard on assignments and seen the results on my doorstep the next day, sometimes even on the front page. This summer, to me, marks my ascent into journalism’s big leagues and makes me feel much more confident about the daunting job search awaiting my graduation.

    Links to some of Ben’s work:
    http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article24937138.html
    http://www.sacbee.com/community/elk-grove/article27344980.html
    http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article28471426.html

    If you or your company is interested in supporting Journalism scholarships, consider becoming a Press Club 50 member. For more information, visit http://sacpressclub.org/press-club-50/

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    David Lesher, CALmatters Editor & CEO

    With a sharp decline in the number of reporters covering capital policy and politics, several innovative newsgathering platforms have emerged. The latest is CALmatters, which describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters, using a variety of partnerships and storytelling forms to reach audiences. CALmatters Editor and CEO David Lesher will fill in the Sacramento Press Club on the organization’s operations and goals.

    Lesher joined CALmatters in August 2015 after more than a year as a co-founder and a member of its Board of Directors. Previously, Lesher was the Sacramento-based Director of Government Affairs at the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan think tank focused on state policy. Lesher has more than 25 years of journalism experience, largely at the Los Angeles Times where he was a political writer, state Capitol reporter and assistant national editor for the White House campaign. He also served as editor of California Journal magazine and as California director for the New America Foundation.

    David Lesher was the SPC luncheon speaker on September 29, 2015 and discussed a new path for journalism to keep Californians informed about issues and decisions that affect their lives.

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