• 2017 Legislative Reception- Tuesday, January 17th

    The Sacramento Press Club and The Capitol Correspondents Association of California held the 2017 Legislative Reception.

    Where/When:
    Second Floor Rotunda
    State Capitol Building
    Tuesday, January 17
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Co-sponsors:
    Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
    Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes
    Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon
    Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller

  • 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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  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom luncheon & Presidential Debate Watch Party

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Luncheon

    Before he zeroes in on his run for governor in 2018, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is busy with two measures on the November 2016 ballot to legalize recreational use of marijuana and tighten the state’s gun laws for background checks and large-capacity ammunition magazines. Never one to shy away from controversy, he threw himself into the fight for marriage equality as mayor of San Francisco in 2004 by allowing more than 4,000 same-sex couples to marry in the city before the courts intervened. He also started a universal health care program in the city, set stringent environmental building standards and banned plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. The former television show host and business owner is also author of the book Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.

    As lieutenant governor, Newsom serves as a University of California Regent, a Trustee for the California State University System, and a member of the State Lands Commission. Lt. Gov. Newsom joined the Sacramento Press Club at our October 19 luncheon.

    Presidential Debate Watch Party

    The Sacramento Press Club held a Debate Watch Party on Wednesday, October 19, as candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off once more to convince voters before casting their ballot in the November election. Our Presidential Debate Watch party brought together journalists, politicos and consultants in a neutral setting for cocktails, commentary and comradery. We hosted this party from 5:00pm – 9:00pm in the upstairs event space at BarWest and served complimentary appetizers. The many television screens surrounding the room ensured great viewing access and convenience. Tickets funds generated support the Sacramento Press Club’s annual journalism scholarship program. The Debate Watch Party was co-sponsored by Rough & Tumble and The Capitol Morning Report.

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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

  • Tamara Keith- NPR White House Correspondent

    **Please note: This luncheon will be held at 1231 I Street**
    Tamara Keith joined the Sacramento Press Club as our luncheon speaker on Monday, August 29th. Tamara is a NPR White House Correspondent when she’s not on the campaign trail covering Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A native Californian, she is also a former Sacramento Press Club member who covered the statehouse for NPR member stations KPCC and KQED.

    Before moving to White House coverage focused on the economy and the federal budget, Keith covered Congress, and the candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney during the Republican primaries of 2012.

    Keith joined NPR as a business reporter in 2009, covered the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and conceived and reported the 2011 NPR series The Road Back To Work, a year-long series featuring the audio diaries of six people in St. Louis who began the year unemployed and searching for work.

    Keith got her start in news by writing and voicing essays for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday as a teenager. While in college, she launched her career at KQED’s California Report, covering topics including agriculture and the environment. She opened the state capital bureau for KPCC/Southern California Public Radio, and in 2006 returned to KQED, serving as the Sacramento-region reporter for two years.

    Keith has received an award for best news writing from the APTRA California/Nevada and a first place trophy from the Society of Environmental Journalists for “Outstanding Story Radio.” Keith was a 2010-2011 National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow.

    Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree at the UCB Graduate School of Journalism. She is also a member of the Bad News Babes, a media softball team that once a year competes against female members of Congress in the Congressional Women’s Softball game.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Monday, August 29th
    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
    RSVP deadline has passed.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • 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/

    WHEN
    Thursday, June 23, 2016, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    WHERE
    Citizen Hotel – 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    COST
    $55 for non-members.

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  • 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

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