• Can Campaign Finance Reform Ever Work? – June 28

    Panelists: Former AG/Treasurer/Senate leader Bill Lockyer, OpenSecrets.org expert Sheila Krumholz, attorney Thomas Hiltachk and fund-raiser Kristin Bertolina Faust.

    Many voters see big money flowing into politics as a disruptive force that frustrates a true representation of the will of the people. Despite ever-tightening campaign finance laws, contributions to legislative, ballot measure and independent campaigns totaled more than $680 million in California last year. Would more or different reforms make a difference? How can the public access campaign finance information and use it to inform their votes?

    The Sacramento Press Club held a panel discussion about the role of money in campaigns, the pressure to raise funds, and the public’s right to know who is contributing. The panel included a nationally recognized expert on tracking contributions for OpenSecrets.org and representatives from both major parties who are immersed in campaign finance issues.

    Bill Lockyer
    was in the public arena from 1973 to 2015 as State Treasurer, State Attorney General, Senate President Pro Tem and member of the Senate and Assembly. During those years, he led both state and national initiatives to improve the lives of Californians and make the state run more efficiently and effectively. Today he serves as counsel in the Government Law & Strategies section for law firm Brown Rudnick.

    Sheila Krumholz is the executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which operates the go-to OpenSecrets.org site for all matters related to federal campaign money, lobbying and dark money. Before becoming executive director in 2006, she spent eight years as the Center’s research director, supervising data analysis for OpenSecrets.org and CRP’s clients. In 2010, Fast Company magazine named Sheila to its “Most Influential Women in Technology” list.

    Thomas Hiltachk is managing partner at Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. He has practiced political and election law exclusively since 1988, and has served as legal counsel and treasurer to statewide and local ballot measure committees, political action committees, trade associations and candidates. Hiltachk has represented state ballot measure committees on a variety of issues, including tax policy, the environment, education, civil and criminal justice reform and gaming. He has served as legal counsel to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).

    Kristin Bertolina Faust leads Bertolina & Barnato, one of the most successful Democratic fundraising firms in California. Since founding the firm in 1999, she has worked with an “all-star” list of elected officials, candidates, committees and organizations. She has successfully provided both political strategy and fundraising services to candidates running and serving from the local, state and federal levels. She is most widely known for advising some of the California’s most successful statewide elected officials including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Wednesday, June 28
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP Deadline: Online sales have closed.

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  • Politics & Cocktails Happy Hour

  • California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye- May 25

    In an unprecedented letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Chief John Kelly, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye recently asked that immigration arrests in state courthouses be halted because they undermine the judiciary’s ability to provide equal access to those coming to a courthouse. After Sessions and Kelly said the arrests would not stop, Cantil-Sakauye maintained in a Washington Post op-ed piece that the federal actions threaten the balance between the three branches of government. “This goes to the core of our system of government, built on the principle of checks and balances,” she wrote.

    The Sacramento Press Club hosted a discussion with Cantil-Sakauye and Sacramento Bee Editorial Page Editor Dan Morain at our May 25 luncheon.

    Cantil-Sakauye became chief justice in January 2011 after being appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). She served for more than 20 years as a judge in California trial and appellate courts in Sacramento before joining the state’s highest court. A native of Sacramento, she is a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School and attended Sacramento City College before graduating from University of California, Davis with honors. She holds a law degree from the U.C. Davis Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law.

    This event was also our annual scholarship luncheon. The Sacramento Press Club presented $34,000 in scholarships to seven college students who showed promise in the field of journalism. Please note the luncheon ended later than usual because of our scholarship presentations.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Thursday, May 25
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP Deadline: The online purchase option has passed. Entrance can be purchased at the door.

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  • The Press Secretary – February 27

    President Trump’s controversial press secretary Sean Spicer is redefining the role of a press secretary — and being spoofed on Saturday Night Live in the process. Five former California gubernatorial press spokespersons will share their war stories, advice and thoughts on their roles and their relationships with the media.

    Our panelists are:
    Gil Duran, Press Secretary to Gov. Jerry Brown
    Margita Thompson, Press Secretary to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Steve Maviglio, Press Secretary to Gov. Gray Davis
    Kevin Eckery, Press Secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson
    Rob Stutzman, Communications Director Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to Attorney General Dan Lungren

    About the lunch:
    Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5pm
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • SPC Holiday Mixer @ Brasserie Capitale

    Thank you for celebrating the season with the Sacramento Press Club! Two SPC members with war stories from the campaign trail, Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason with the Los Angeles Times, were there to chat informally about covering the presidential candidates.

    When: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Brasserie Capitale, 1201 K Street Suite 100
    Hosted appetizers, no-host bar
    Cost: $10 suggested donation to the SPC Scholarship Fund
    No RSVP necessary

  • Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg

    Darrell Steinberg will be sworn in as the mayor of Sacramento Dec. 13 while the city celebrates major milestones and struggles with ongoing problems. The Golden 1 Center is open for business and may be delivering so far on its promise of entertainment and economic activity downtown. The farm-to-fork movement continues to build, and development in the railyards is finally picking up the pace. But the mood of the Sacramento electorate isn’t all positive. Voters rejected two local ballot measures on Nov. 8 that Steinberg backed: a sales tax increase to fund transportation projects and a parcel tax to pay for school services. At the same time, voters approved a measure to have an independent commission draw district boundaries for city council elections. Sacramento leaders continues to grapple with a significant homeless population as they try to finance expansion and renovations at the convention center and Community Center Theater, among other challenges. What does Steinberg see as his mandate, and how will he apply his experience and skills from his time in the Legislature to governing Sacramento? Join the Sacramento Press Club Dec. 7 as we welcome former California Senate President Pro Tempore and current Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg as our luncheon speaker.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Wednesday, December 7th
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP deadline: Online registration has closed, but entrance can be purchased at the door.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • Post-Election Breakdown with Mark & Mark

    It’s a Sacramento Press Club tradition and the hottest ticket in town: The Sacramento Press Club welcomed Mark DiCamillo of the Field Poll and Mark Baldassare of the Public Policy Institute of California as they discussed one of the most fascinating elections in recent memory. In addition to the much-discussed presidential race, California voters were weighing a massive slate of hot-button ballot initiatives and competitive congressional and legislative races. Mark and Mark discussed what factors were in play in California this November, whether the presidential race played any role in California’s contested down-ticket races, and how the pollsters did at predicting the eventual outcome.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Wednesday, November 16th
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP deadline: The RSVP deadline has passed. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • Vivek Ranadivé, Sacramento Kings owner & chairman

    Vivek Ranadivé is a technology entrepreneur who pioneered the use of real-time messaging software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. His software helped digitize Wall Street and became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” – his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place. He was inspired to leave his native India at 16 for Cambridge, Mass., where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and later an MBA at Harvard.

    But you may know him better as the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. His love of basketball began when he coached his daughter’s middle school team, a success that was the inspiration for Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing their future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings are investing $1 billion in the downtown area and aiming to build “next great American city.”

    The Sacramento Press Club welcomed Ranadivé just days before the official opening of the new Golden 1 Center, which was billed as the world’s smartest arena, powered 100 percent by solar energy and hopefully the key to a winning future on the court, too.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Thursday, September 29th
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP deadline: Online registration has closed, but you can purchase entrance at the door.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • End-of-Session Happy Hour

    When: Thursday September 1, 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Barwest, 2724 J Street
    No-host bar, hosted appetizers

  • Farewell Happy Hour for Marianne Russ and Jenny O’Mara of Capital Public Radio

    Capital Public Radio and the Sacramento Press Club held a gathering to say farewell to longtime Capitol reporters Marianne Russ and Jenny O’Mara, who were leaving Sacramento for new adventures with their families. The event was held at KBar (1000 K St.) on Wednesday, July 15th.