• Jodi Remke, chairwoman of the FPPC

    In an effort to shine more light on the money that influences California politics, Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman Jodi Remke recently announced a proposal to expand the definition of lobbying to include so-called “payments to influence” – like the millions of dollars poured into a campaign last year against proposed legislation that would have cut oil use in the state. Remke says payments to influence have exploded in recent years, growing to $24.5 million in 2014.

    Remke, a member of the bar since 1992, was appointed to the head of the campaign finance watchdog agency by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014 and reappointed to a full term last year. She is responsible for overseeing California’s campaign finance, governmental ethics and lobbying rules, which is no small feat in an election year.

    She previously served as presiding judge of the State Bar Court, the first in the nation dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. She also previously served as counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee and practiced real estate law. Jodi Remke joined the Sacramento Press Club on Monday, February 29th and shared her plans to oversee campaign spending and enforcement in this election year.

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  • CNPA Government Affairs Day

    The Sacramento Press Club has contracted with the CNPA Services Inc. to manage the organization. CSI takes over for longtime Executive Director Kathy Beasley, who is happily retiring the post after 30+ years as an active member of the Press Club. The new partnership gives the Press Club a permanent office location and access to a staff that provide event planning, membership, communications and legal support.

    As part of this collaboration, the Press Club co-sponsored the California Newspaper Publishers Association Government Affairs Day on February 3, along with the California Black Media and the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown were invited to speak at the event, which was followed by a cocktail reception that was open to all GA Day attendees, who got a chance to mingle with the state’s legislators and constitutional officers.

  • Now Accepting 2016 Journalism Scholarship Applications

    The Sacramento Press Club is now accepting online applications for the 2016 Journalism Scholarship Awards! Seven scholarships totaling $34,000 will be awarded, including two new scholarships honoring Bob Schmidt and Doug Willis! 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, 2016.

  • SPC Holiday Mixer at KBAR

  • Malika Saada Saar, Human Rights Attorney & Advocate

    Human rights attorney and advocate Malika Saada Saar has a long list of accomplishments, including leading the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that trafficked children, working to end the federal practice of shackling pregnant women in U.S. prisons and advocating for millions of dollars in federal funding for at-risk families. In addition to her title as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group, Saada Saar is Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), which focuses on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. and a member of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. The Obama White House selected her to serve on its Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

    Now Saada Saar has launched an effort called No Such Thing, a campaign to end the use of the term “child prostitute.” Sacramento Press Club welcomed Malika Saada Saar on October 22, 2015 to discuss her work helping some of the most vulnerable.

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  • SPC Happy Hour Event

    When: Wednesday, October 16, 2015, 6-8pm
    Where: Vanguard, 1415 L St, Sacramento
    RSVP to sacpressclub@gmail.com

  • David Lesher, CALmatters Editor & CEO

    With a sharp decline in the number of reporters covering capital policy and politics, several innovative newsgathering platforms have emerged. The latest is CALmatters, which describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters, using a variety of partnerships and storytelling forms to reach audiences. CALmatters Editor and CEO David Lesher will fill in the Sacramento Press Club on the organization’s operations and goals.

    Lesher joined CALmatters in August 2015 after more than a year as a co-founder and a member of its Board of Directors. Previously, Lesher was the Sacramento-based Director of Government Affairs at the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan think tank focused on state policy. Lesher has more than 25 years of journalism experience, largely at the Los Angeles Times where he was a political writer, state Capitol reporter and assistant national editor for the White House campaign. He also served as editor of California Journal magazine and as California director for the New America Foundation.

    David Lesher was the SPC luncheon speaker on September 29, 2015 and discussed a new path for journalism to keep Californians informed about issues and decisions that affect their lives.

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  • “Conversations with media … over beer.” featuring “Going to the Dark Side”

    Attendees of the September 2015 “Conversations with Media” found out what it’s like to transition from Hack to Flack. Does it require a call to serve? A desire to escape the constantly shifting mandates of journalism? A shift in sociopolitical ideology? Or — let’s face it — a better paycheck and more free time to spend with friends and family? The event featured three Sacramento celebrities:
    Jeffrey Callison, former Capital Public Radio Insight host, now press secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
    Kevin Riggs, former KCRA 3 news anchor and political reporter, now senior vice president, Randle Communications
    Venus Stromberg, former bureau chief at Capitol Television News Service, now public information officer, Board of Equalization
    This was the second in a series of informal monthly gatherings hosted by the Sacramento Press Club to discuss a wide range of issues of interest to local journalists.
    We welcome suggestions for future topics.

  • Robert S. Nelsen, new President of Sacramento State University

    After nearly three decades as a leader in the Texas university system, Robert S. Nelsen has taken the helm of California State University, Sacramento with a bold mission: To dramatically boost graduation rates and reduce the amount of time it takes for students to acquire their degrees. Nelsen, a Montana native who still dons the cowboy boots of his rancher childhood, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Brigham Young University, and his doctorate from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. Nelsen is taking over at Sacramento State as the university looks to have an increasing role in the city’s economic footprint. He plans to work with the Sacramento region’s leaders and employers to increase the number of internships and service-learning opportunities for students. The Sacramento Press Club welcomed President Nelsen on August 14, 2015 as he laid out his vision for Sacramento State.

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  • Farewell Happy Hour for Marianne Russ and Jenny O’Mara of Capital Public Radio

    Capital Public Radio and the Sacramento Press Club held a gathering to say farewell to longtime Capitol reporters Marianne Russ and Jenny O’Mara, who were leaving Sacramento for new adventures with their families. The event was held at KBar (1000 K St.) on Wednesday, July 15th.

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