• Ellen Hanak, PPIC Water Policy Center Director- April 30th

    California officials are grappling with how to respond to California’s epic drought, and so are researchers. PPIC senior fellow Ellen Hanak has been tasked with heading up the public policy think tank’s new Water Policy Center. Hanak started PPIC’s research program on water policy in 2001 and has published numerous reports and articles on California’s water management. Her career has focused on the economics of natural resource management and agricultural development. Before joining PPIC Hanak held positions with the French agricultural research system, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and the World Bank.

    The center’s mission includes ensuring clean and reliable water supplies, building healthy ecosystems and responding to an increasingly variable climate. Hanak will explain the five things we all need to know about California water, and why we all have a stake in the drought response.

    Ellen Hanak was the speaker at the April 2015 SPC luncheon.

  • “I Left it on the Mountain: A Memoir” book signing with Kevin Sessums

    The Sacramento Press Club held a book signing and no-host happy hour event with author Kevin Sessums for his new memoir “I Left It on the Mountain” on April 20, 2015.

    Kevin, a former celebrity reporter for Vanity Fair who now lives in San Francisco, is the current Editor-in-Chief of FourTwoNine magazine. His work has appeared in Elle, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Out, and Show People. To learn more, read this book review by the San Francisco Chronicle and this New York Times profile piece on Kevin from last summer.

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  • Kristin Olsen- Assembly Republican Leader

    Kristin Olsen became the Assembly Republican leader in 2015 after her peers elected her to the post the previous year. In four years in the Assembly before that, Olsen has pursued legislation on environmental and veterans policies and worked with Democrats on education reforms. Olsen has also been a leader in proposing reforms to government accountability and transparency, leading by example by becoming the first legislator to release her office budget to the public, even as other members refused to do so. A strong advocate for economic development and investment in the Central Valley, Olsen was born and raised in Modesto and previously served on the Modesto City Council. She was named legislator of the year in 2012 by the Regional Council of Rural Counties. Olsen is a communications studies graduate of Westmont College, and previously served as the assistant vice president for communications and public affairs at California State University, Stanislaus.
    Kristin Olsen spoke before the Sacramento Press Club on Thursday, March 12 during the monthly SPC luncheon.

  • Kevin de León- Senate President pro Tempore

    Kevin de León took over as Senate President pro Tempore in December, capping eight years in the Legislature where he has championed education, environmental protection, and public safety. A few of his many legislative accomplishments include a compromise he helped broker to ban single-use plastic bags, creation of the country’s first “yes means yes” policy for sexual assaults on college campuses, creation of a retirement savings program for low-income workers, and a first-ever law protecting parents from losing parental rights because of their immigration status.

    Senator de León has given us a few hints about his agenda for 2015 already, announcing in December that he will introduce a bill requiring the state’s two pension funds to divest from coal-producing companies. We heard more about his plans as he spoke to the Sacramento Press Club luncheon on January 29th.

    De León was the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He graduated with honors from Pitzer College, and worked as a teacher and community organizer before being elected to the Assembly in 2006. He is the first Latino to serve as Senate President pro Tempore in 130 years.

  • 2015 Legislative Reception- Monday, January 12th

    On Monday, January 12th, the Sacramento Press Club and The Capitol Correspondents Association of California teamed up to host the 2015 Legislative Reception on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Rotunda. The Legislative Reception is held every two years and provides current, particularly new, members of the legislature with an opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the media. The event this year was extremely well attended with a turnout significantly higher than previous years. Thank you to everyone who attended.
    Thank you also to our co-sponsors:
    Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins
    Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen
    Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon
    Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff

  • SPC Annual Holiday Mixer @ KBar

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for the SPC Annual Holiday Mixer at KBar. The Mixer was a great opportunity for both SPC members and non-members to visit, mingle and raise money for the Journalism Scholarship Fund. We had a wonderful turnout for the event and hope to have you join the Sacramento Press Club or renew your membership as we gear up for an exciting series of events in 2015. http://sacpressclub.org/membership/
    Happy Holidays from the Sacramento Press Club!

    Photos courtesy of Matías Antonio Bombal.

  • SPC’s Annual Holiday Mixer

    Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Annual SPC Holiday Mixer and help support the Journalism Scholarship Fund!
    SPC Holiday Mixer 2014

  • Post Election Breakdown with Mark and Mark 1

    On November 12 we welcomed back the dynamic polling duo “Mark and Mark.” Mark Baldassare of the Public Policy Institute of California and Mark DiCamillo of the Field Poll broke down the November election results for the Sacramento Press Club. Among the questions they addressed: What happened to the Democrats vaunted turnout effort? Why were Republicans able to emerge from their superminority status in the state Legislature? Which voting blocs made the difference in the statewide races and legislative seats and what were voters thinking on the slate of ballot initiatives? Many thanks to both of California’s top pollsters for the lively discussion and analysis. If you missed it, catch a replay of the Mark and Mark luncheon on Cal Channel.

  • Strong Mayor Debate

    Voters in the city of Sacramento are weighing a November initiative to create a so-called “strong mayor” form of government. Measure L, the initiative backed by current Mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife, school reformer Michelle Rhee, has divided the labor community and has pitted members of the city council against each other. Council member Steve Hansen is leading the opposition campaign against Measure L. The initiative would restructure the city’s government from a system that gives the city council authority to hire a chief executive to serve as city manager to one in which the elected mayor is the chief executive. Supporters say it would give the mayor more authority to lay out a vision for Sacramento; opponents say it would give the mayor undue power over the elected council. The Sacramento Press Club thanks Michelle Rhee and Steve Hansen for the spirited Measure L debate at our October luncheon.

  • Marshall Tuck- Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    This year’s race for superintendent of public instruction is drawing more attention than the race has seen in years. Marshall Tuck, a Democrat and former head of the Green Dot charter school system, is challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Torlakson, who has the backing of the state’s powerful teachers unions. The nonpartisan race has attracted outsize spending and attention, particularly after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that California’s teacher tenure laws are “a broken system.”

    School reformers have unified around the so-called Vergara decision, but the state’s top elected Democrats oppose it. Torlakson supported Attorney General Kamala Harris’ decision to appeal, while Tuck and other reformers hope to force a conversation on inequality in California’s schools, even in the wake of voter-approved tax increases for education.

    After winning endorsements from every major newspaper, Tuck forced a November showdown following the June primary election. In addition to his role at the unionized Green Dot schools, Tuck most recently served as founding CEO for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s effort with the Los Angeles Unified School District to turn around 17 struggling schools.

    Before devoting his career to education, Tuck was an executive at Model N, a successful enterprise software company based in the Bay Area. Before that, he worked in finance, and spent a year teaching and doing service work internationally, primarily in Zimbabwe and Thailand.

    Marshall Tuck joined the Sacramento Press Club on Sept. 25 for a conversation about the future of California’s schools.

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