• 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

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  • 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. https://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

  • New Members of the SPC Board of Directors

    The Sacramento Press Club is managed and operated by an Executive Director and volunteers, including a 15-member Board of Directors. We are very pleased to introduce the two newest members of our Board – Melanie Mason and Nicole Moore. Moore will also serve as the SPC Treasurer.

    Melanie Mason covers California government and politics for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to the Sacramento bureau in 2013, she worked for the Times in Washington D.C., where she covered money and politics in the 2012 presidential election. She’s done stints at a number of D.C.-based outlets, including the Washington bureau of the Dallas Morning News, Politico, PBS NewsHour and The New Republic. A Los Angeles native, Melanie graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and got a master’s in journalism degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a j-school graduate, she knows the importance of supporting journalism education, and it’s an honor to work with Sacramento Press Club to continue its long tradition of providing scholarships to up-and-coming reporters.

    Nicole Moore is an attorney who represents employers and health care plans in Sacramento. She also works as a freelance journalist, and provides reporters pro bono help in obtaining public records. Nicole supports the SPC in order to encourage and facilitate budding professionals pursue their passion for journalism.

  • 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.

  • Non-Members- Marshall Tuck- Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction- September 25th

    Marshall Tuck, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate, is our guest speaker for the September 25th luncheon.

    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.

    Please join the Sacramento Press Club on Sept. 25 for a conversation about the future of California's schools with candidate Marshall Tuck. 


    September 25th, 2014 11:30 AM   through   1:15 PM
    1025 9th Street, 3rd Floor
    Capitol Plaza Ballroom
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    United States
    Non-Members $ 40.00

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