The Sacramento Press Club welcomes Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D) for a bicameral discussion about the Legislature’s agenda with Los Angeles Times Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers on Aug. 8.
The Legislature’s to-do list when it returns in August for the final month of the 2018 session is as long as the temperatures are hot in Sacramento. Will it overhaul the state’s bail system, set new renewable energy mandates, or enact net neutrality rules following the Trump administration’s withdrawal of national regulations? Will it find a way for cannabis businesses to use bank accounts instead of dealing only in cash? Can it pass bills in response to the #MeToo and #WeSaidEnough movements to end forced arbitration of sexual harassment complaints and nondisclosure agreements in misconduct settlements? Will it defy the Trump administration and allow taxpayers to get around new federal limits on state and local tax deductions? Join the discussion about the leaders’ priorities.
Atkins was sworn in as the Senate President Pro Tempore in March, making her the first woman and first openly LGBT person to hold the office. She represents the 29th Senate District in San Diego. Atkins previously served as a member of the Assembly and the Assembly Speaker, where she oversaw passage of a $7.5 billion water bond and creation of the state earned income tax credit. Since moving to the Senate, Atkins has championed funding for affordable housing and new policies to address sexual misconduct in the Legislature. Before joining the Legislature, Atkins was a city council member and interim mayor of San Diego, and director of clinic services at Womancare Health Center.
Rendon was sworn-in as the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly on March 7, 2016. He represents the 63rd Assembly District, which includes nine cities in Southeast Los Angeles County. Highlights of his tenure include passage of a $52 billion transportation funding plan, extension of California’s cap-and-trade program, and legislation to address the affordable housing crisis. He’s led expansion of the earned income tax credit and child care eligibility, record investment in education, and changes to the Board of Equalization and University of California. Before he was an Assembly member, Rendon was an educator, non-profit executive director and environmental activist.
Myers joined the Los Angeles Times as Sacramento bureau chief in 2015 after more than two decades in radio and television news, much of that as an award-winning reporter covering statehouse policy and politics. During a decade of work for San Francisco's NPR affiliate, he launched one of Sacramento's original politics blogs and California’s first politics podcast. He also served as the moderator of gubernatorial debates in 2014 and 2010. Myers is often cited by state and national news organizations as one of Sacramento's top journalists.
About the lunch
Date:Wednesday, August 8
Time:11:15 a.m. registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1231 I Street, Third Floor
Purchase Deadline: Tuesday, August 7 - 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members