She Shares conversation with George & Karen Skelton
She Shares held a special Father’s Day conversation with Los Angeles Times political columnist George Skelton and his daughter, political strategist Karen Skelton, on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016. George spoke about his career covering politics for more than 50 years while Karen shared her experience as a leading strategist for more than three decades. Discount tickets ($10 off) were available for SPC members.
More information is also available at http://www.sheshares.net/
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Citizen Hotel – 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
$55 for non-members.
Michael Picker, President of the California Public Utilities Commission
**Please note: This luncheon will be held at 1231 I Street**
Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, joined the Sacramento Press Club as speaker on Monday, June 20.
Picker is serving the PUC at a time when the commission is under fire for a series of disasters, including the San Bruno gas line explosion, closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant due to leaks, and most recently the four-month gas well leak at Porter Ranch that forced thousands of residents to relocate. The commission is facing criticism and investigations into its close relations with the companies it regulates. Lawmakers are debating a range of measures that would change the rules for the appointed commission, from a bill to eliminate closed-door talks between commissioners and those it regulates to a constitutional amendment to reboot the commission from top to bottom.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Picker to the PUC in January 2014, and elevated him to president in December 2014. He previously served as senior advisor for renewable energy in the Brown administration from 2009 to 2014, was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, and served as deputy treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999.
Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.
About the lunch:
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, 1231 I Street, Third Floor
The online RSVP deadline has closed. Luncheon entry can be purchased at the door.
Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members
2016 Journalism Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Jessica Hice, Taylor Buck, Brittany Murphy, Leah Horner, Jonathan Ayestas, Celina Oseguera and Gabriel Sandoval, the 2016 Journalism Scholarship recipients.
The $4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Jessica Hice, a previous SPC scholarship winner. Jessica will be a senior at Sacramento State in the fall. The judges were impressed with the progress she has made in the past year, including attending the University of California’s political reporting boot camp and winning an internship this spring at the Sacramento Bee. In addition, she has taken advantage of the Press Club-affiliated Millennials in Media mentoring program. In the fall, she will not only continue to work on the campus paper, the Hornet, but will also be president of the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The $4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship, the winner was Taylor Buck. The Skelton scholarship is earmarked for promising students who come up through community college and are at the beginning of their journalism studies. Taylor is a Sac City College student who will be attending Sacramento State in the fall to pursue a political science degree with the aspiration of becoming a political reporter. She has already interned on political campaigns, completed classes in reporting and written pieces for the campus newspaper.
The $4,000 Bob Schmidt scholarship winner was Brittany Murphy, who is a graduate student at UC Berkeley. Her medium is photography rather than print or broadcast. She had already established herself as a five-year veteran of commercial photography when she decided to go back to school because of her passion for daily journalism. In the first year of her Berkeley program, she completed an internship as a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle and is now beginning one at KQED that will help her with her videography skills, critical for today’s multimedia news platforms. Eventually, she aspires to work for AP, Reuters, or the Sacramento Bee.
The $4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Leah Horner, a previous SPC scholarship winner. Leah has completed an internship at an east coast TV station, attended a journalism study abroad program in England, and participated in a National Press Photographers Association conference to learn about story-telling techniques. The judges felt that the story clips she submitted as part of her application are not only of high professional quality but also demonstrate that she already has a keen eye for finding stories to tell. A native of Sacramento, Leah will be finishing her bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year, and we expect to see her launch her career in broadcast news soon after.
The recipient of the $4,000 Doug Willis scholarship was Jonathan Ayestas, who will be a senior at Sacramento State. Already working at his second internship for Capital Public Radio, Jonathan is part of the digital news team. He serves a similar role at Sac State’s Hornet, where he is Digital Managing Editor. As he wrote in his application, “I curate the social media and instruct writers and editors how to think outside a print-centered mindset. It is important to increase engagement on social media platforms because it helps drive traffic back to our website.” Jonathan told the judges he sees a huge potential for growth in digital media – and the judges saw a lot of potential in Jonathan and his forward-looking approach to journalism.
The $6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship, the winner was Celina Oseguera, a native of Linden in San Joaquin County who will soon be a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Celina grabbed the judges’ attention with her creative graphics that put data in context and made complex stories easier for readers to understand. Her passion for journalism and the positive role reporters can play was also evident in her application letter. She wrote, “We don’t write for fame. We don’t write for glory. We don’t write to flaunt our bylines. We write as a voice to the voiceless, a fighter for the oppressed and as a bull dog for those who want answers but live in a world with entities that refuse to give them.” With her eye for graphic design and embrace of data mining, the judges believe Celina has a solid skill set to help her become the journalist she aspires to be.
The $8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Gabriel Sandoval, who will be a senior at Chico State this fall. Last year, Gabriel was one of five students selected nationwide to participate in ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program, and he will soon begin a two-and-a-half month internship at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Currently, he writes for the campus newspaper, the Orion, as well as freelances for the Chico Enterprise-Record. Gabriel said his goal is to “muckrake.” He wrote in his application letter, “Too often I hear about officials abusing their power, wielding influence for their own sake, not the public’s. As a journalist, I feel obligated to hold those people accountable. Shining light on communities plagued by darkness and creating positive change in them is what I do now, will do in the future and will do for a living for many years to come.”
Presidential Race Analysis
While California’s brief moment of super-relevance may be over, there’s still plenty to talk about in this year’s presidential race. The Sacramento Press Club had a fascinating analysis of the race to date, and what could happen next. We were joined by former Sacramento-area Congressman Doug Ose, a supporter of Donald Trump, Rob Stutzman, founder of the #NeverTrump group, Ben Tulchin, the San Francisco-based pollster for Bernie Sanders, and Buffy Wicks, Hillary Clinton’s director for California.
Rob Stutzman is founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento-based firm specializing in campaigns, communications and crisis management. Stutzman was coordinating #NeverTrump, an independent effort to defeat Donald Trump in the California primary with fellow Republican consultant Ray McNally. Over 20 years, he has been at the center of some of California’s most epic policy and political events, including the last five governor’s races and numerous statewide ballot measures. Stutzman served as deputy chief of staff for communications to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ben Tulchin, pollster for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign, is the founder and president of Tulchin Research. Tulchin has provided research and consulting services to a wide range of clients nationally, including government agencies, candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations and foundations. He has directed polling operations for candidates at all levels. His clients have included former DNC Chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean, former California Gov. Gray Davis, LG Gavin Newsom and the California Assembly Democratic Caucus.
Buffy Wicks is state director of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. She was one of the first hires of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, where she spearheaded innovative strategies for grassroots mobilization. She ran state operations for the President’s 2008 campaign in California, Texas and Missouri. Wicks later worked as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and was the campaign director for Common Sense Kids Action’s California Kids Campaign. She has roots in the Sacramento area, was born in nearby Forest Hill and is a graduate of Placer High School.
This was also our annual scholarship luncheon, where the Sacramento Press Club awarded $34,000 in scholarships to aspiring journalists.
A Big Day of Giving message from KCRA’s Edie Lambert
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As journalists, many of us will be covering the BIG Day of Giving, an event supporting non-profits throughout this region.
As public relations professionals, many of us will be promoting the BIG Day of Giving.
As members of the Sacramento Press Club, we are also urging you to become a part of the story.
Many of you know I am a longtime member of the Sacramento Press Club, and as a former board member I ran the scholarship program. I had the pleasure of meeting the next generation of journalists, students who believe deeply in the value of good journalism despite the uncertain job market they face after graduating. This year, our goals are to engage 100 donors and raise $8,000 on May 3rd. That is enough money to fund a full scholarship.
The BIG Day of Giving is fast approaching!
How you can help in just two weeks, on May 3rd:
1) Starting at 12:00 midnight, visit https://bigdayofgiving.org/npo/sacramento-press-club and make a tax-deductible gift of as little as $25 or as much as you’re able to contribute. You will have 24 hours to make your donation; all giving will end at 11:59 p.m. the same day.
2) Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there!
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I am truly grateful for some wonderful opportunities and generous mentors during college and early in my career. I consider my work with SPC’s scholarship program part of my way to pay it forward. I hope you’ll join me on May 3rd. Together, we can make a BIG impact on journalism students who are smart, motivated and inspiring.
Sacramento Press Club
BIG DAY OF GIVING
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Join SPC for the Big Day of Giving on May 3rd
The Sacramento Press Club is thrilled to participate in this year’s Big Day of Giving for the first time and we need your help. On Tuesday, May 3, we need you to donate to The Sacramento Press Club.
Your support is essential to continue our important mission. We’re committed to investing in the next generation of news reporting by giving scholarships to promising journalists while continuing to offer California’s capital community a leading forum for opinion leaders, policymakers and newsmakers. However, we cannot do it alone. We need your help.
Last year, the BIG Day of Giving made history in the Sacramento region, raising over $5.6M and engaging over 23,000 donors in one day of giving. Well, this year we’re joining the fun, and you can help us make an even BIGGER impact. Support the Sacramento Press Club during the 24 hour-long BIG Day of Giving drive. Together, we can continue to provide aspiring reporters with the support they need to reach their full potential and to enter a profession that benefits us all.
TAKE ACTION: JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN!
Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $8,000 and at least 100 donors. You can help us win additional dollars by competing in prize challenges, so stay tuned for more information over the next several weeks.
Save the Date
On May 3, starting at 12:00 midnight, visit www.bigdayofgiving.org and make a tax-deductible gift of as little as $25 or as much as you’re able to contribute. You will have 24 hours to make your donation; all giving will end at 11:59 p.m. the same day.
Promote your support for the Sacramento Press Club
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Thank you in advance for your generosity to our community; together, we can make a BIG impact!
Women in California Politics
April’s Sacramento Press Club lunch featured political powerhouses Nancy McFadden, Cassandra Pye, Angie Tate and Sabrina Lockhart. Whether working for governors or for party leaders on both sides of the aisle, each has a unique insider perspective on the inner-workings of California’s government and political system. While they may not always agree on political issues, all of these women support the #WinLikeAGirl movement hatched here in Sacramento to ensure that more female political experts are quoted in news stories and featured on panels. This panel featured a discussion of the most current campaign and political issues from highly quotable sources.
For more than 30 years, Cassandra Walker Pye has enjoyed a successful career in communications, government, politics and advocacy for corporate interests in global, national, state and local arenas. In January 2015, she founded 3.14 Communications, LLC, a strategic partner to businesses, trade associations, non-profits and individuals seeking to influence stakeholders – linking modern communications tools with the well-written word. Pye has gained notoriety as an effective strategic facilitator, crisis counselor and executive trainer. Prior to launching 3.14 Communications, she was senior vice president for APCO Worldwide, a global strategic communication consultancy. In 2003, Pye was appointed deputy chief of staff to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served on his historic post-recall election transition team. She is former vice president of corporate affairs and political director for the California Chamber of Commerce, director of public affairs for the California Retailers Association, director of governmental relations for the California Grocers Association and state relations manager for the Food Marketing Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. An award-winning writer, Pye is a regular contributor to CA Grocer magazine. She’s been a longtime advocate for women’s leadership in the public and private sectors and now serves as State Board President for California Women Lead, the only statewide, non-partisan organization committed to providing women the training and support they need to be successful in the political arena. She is member of the Board of Directors for Street Soccer USA (Sacramento), a member of the Leadership California’s Executive Advisory Council, a trustee for the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism Foundation and a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF).
Angie Tate has served as Chief Finance Officer for the California Democratic Party during three of the most successful election cycles in the Party’s history (2010, 2012, 2014). Under Angie’s leadership, the State Party underwent a financial reorganization designed to place the Party on stronger fiscal footing by employing a more sustainable organizational model. As part of the reorganization, Angie helped raise the capital that allowed the Party to purchase a newly built, state of the art, LEED certified building: The John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in midtown Sacramento. During the 2014 election cycle, Angie helped the Democratic Party and its elected partners raise more than 25 million dollars, no doubt contributing to the second statewide Democratic sweep in a row and allowing the Party to expand activist resources. Angie has spent the last 18 years working for Chairman John Burton in some capacity, including his Senate pro tem office in the State Capitol.
Sabrina Demayo Lockhart currently serves as communications director for the California Independent Petroleum Association. Sabrina has more than 15 years of media and public relations strategy experience. She is a former television journalist and spent a decade working in the State Capitol serving in senior roles for former elected leaders including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, then-Assembly Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Dave Cogdill and then-Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. Sabrina has also consulted a wide variety of clients ranging from political campaigns to parent-led education reforms. In 2007, she was nominated as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. Working in the high-stress world of politics while juggling the demands of a family led Sabrina to a dedicated yoga practice and she is now a certified yoga teacher. She volunteer teaches veterans and medical staff at the Sacramento VA Hospital and volunteers for Yoga Moves Us, a non-profit that provides free weekly yoga classes in 5 Sacramento-area parks.
Details for the lunch:
Date: Tuesday, April 12
Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: State Building and Construction Trades Council Conference Center, 1231 I Street
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.
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.
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.