• Julie Soderlund Memorial Scholarship Fund & Event

    On Wednesday, April 19th from 6-8pm at Ten22, the SPC celebrated Julie Soderlund’s impact and legacy on the Capitol community as we raised funds for a Sacramento Press Club scholarship in her honor.

    Only 70 tickets were available, which included complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.

    Nearly one year ago, we lost one of our best and brightest to cancer. Known to the Capitol press corps as “Thumbs” for her speedy typing during media scrums outside Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office, Julie was respected by reporters and colleagues alike for her professionalism, work ethic and talent.

    During her time in Sacramento, Julie held various positions such as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Press Secretary, Press Secretary for his re-election campaign, Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications for Carly Fiorina’s U.S. Senate campaign and junior partner of Wilson-Miller Communications. In 2012, Julie accepted a position with an international company based in Lausanne, Switzerland; once there, she quickly rose to the position of Vice President of Communications. Julie passed away on April 28, 2016, due to complications associated with Stage IV melanoma; she was 38 years old.

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    –Julie’s blog: http://www.mydetourdeforce.com/

    –Ex-Schwarzenegger communications aide Julie Soderlund dies at 38: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article74712142.html

    –Remembering Julie Soderlund: http://www.girlsonthegrid.com/julie-soderlund/

  • Dr. Anthony Iton, Sr. VP of Health Communities at the California Endowment – March 21

    Dr. Anthony Iton, senior vice president of healthy communities at the California Endowment, joined the Sacramento Press Club to discuss new research showing an unprecedented spike in death rates of rural, white Californians. In Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties, death rates for whites were 40 percent higher than the overall death rate for whites in recent years. Iton was preparing to announce statewide findings, and discussed his results as Congress was poised to repeal or reduce the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid coverage that would hit the Central Valley hardest. While President Trump largely carried the region, it also had some of the highest rates of Medicaid participation, poverty and unemployment in the state. Iton discussed placed-based health outcomes and why your zip code is more powerful than your genetic code.

    As senior vice president of healthy communities at the Endowment, Iton oversees Building Healthy Communities, a 10-year, $1 billion comprehensive community initiative launched in 2010 to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California’s communities most devastated by health inequities into places where all people have an opportunity to thrive.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Tuesday, March 21, 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

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  • Now accepting 2017 Journalism Scholarship Applications

    The Sacramento Press Club is now accepting online applications for the 2017 Journalism Scholarship Awards! Seven scholarships totaling $34,000 will be awarded, including two new scholarships honoring Steve Swatt and Julie Soderlund! If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the field of Journalism, you are encouraged to apply. For more information about the scholarships available and eligibility requirements, visit https://sacpressclub.org/scholarships/

    The deadline is March 31, 2017.

  • 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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  • 2017 Legislative Reception- Tuesday, January 17th

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

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

    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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