The Sacramento Press Club Holiday Happy Hour!
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Hock Farm on Tuesday for a holiday happy hour. It was a fun party.
The event was free for Sacramento Press Club members. In addition to the many, many membership renewals we've seen over the past few weeks via this website, more than a dozen people joined or renewed their membership at the door using the SPC's new-fangled technology. You can join or renew your membership for 2014 here: http://www.sacpressclub.org/joinrenew-membership.
Best wishes for the holidays from the Sacramento Press Club.
The article below was first published in the Capitol Morning Report. The Sacramento Press Club thanks them for their continuing coverage of the Capitol community and allowing us to re-post their story.
HAPPY HOUR HAPPENINGS
By Laura-Lynne Powell, Capitol Morning Report.
The Sacramento Press Club's holiday mixer at Hock Farm restaurant drew folks from all corners of the Capitol community. Reporters, consultants, legislative staff, lobbyists -- Capitol types of all stripes -- who by day compete with each other, one way or another, all raised a glass in holiday cheer Tuesday evening.
"A great crowd," said Dave Lesher of the Public Policy Institute of California, a former reporter with the Los Angeles Times. "It shows you how much the Capitol appreciates this kind of gathering."
Among the guests were consultants Beth Miller, formerly with Gov. Pete Wilson's administration and now with her own public affairs firm, and Carol Dahmen, formerly with Gov. Gray Davis, who is political marketing director for Comcast Spotlight. Ned Wigglesworth, formerly with the California Medical Assn., chatted with his business partner at the newly formed Redwood Pacific Public Affairs, Aaron McLear. McLear, who was Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial press secretary, attended with his wife Amelia McLear, public affairs director for Walmart.
Also from Schwarzenegger's press shop was Darrell Ng, who now handles communications for Anthem Blue Cross, with his wife, Jessica Hsiang Ng, former Capitol staffer who now handles media for StudentsFirst. Ng talked about the added stress that has come with the popularity of his blog, Cowtown Eats, which describes the city's ever-changing happy hour and restaurant scene. He has found it hard to have a late night, for example, when he knows he still has typing to do.
Press secretaries Elena Lee (Asm. Cristina Garcia) and Ray Sotero (Sen. Ted Lieu) chatted amiably, Lee sharing how cool her boss's handmade Halloween costume was (a giant, hot pink cupcake). And Jerry Hill, formerly communications manager of the Dept. of Justice who was named State Printer earlier this year, regaled newspaper reporters still addicted to the scent of ink with an explanation of his duties overseeing the state's publications operations. It's an office in transformation as the world moves digital, he explained. "The printing world is repurposing itself." But in the meantime there are plenty of printing jobs to be completed, not the least of which is the Governor's budget, a job that requires Hill's discretion and the lockdown of the facilities where it will printed. Hill said the budget print job should take about a week to finish and he expects it to come in some time this month.
Media types included Dan Walters, Jim Miller and Jeremy White of the Sacramento Bee; Juliet Williams of the Associated Press; Reuters new Sacramento bureau reporter Sharon Bernstein; and club president Brian Joseph, who left his job at the Orange County Register for a fellowship at UC Berkeley's graduate school of journalism.
The press club's new executive director Kathy Beasley, named this month to provide support to the club and lessen the workload of its all-volunteer board, greeted guests as they arrived. By evening's end she had two words to sum it up: