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May 2014 Toni Atkins PDF  | Print |  E-mail


On Wednesday, May 21st

The Sacramento Press Club welcomed

California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and the 2014 SPC Journalism Scholarship Recipients


Speaker Toni Atkins was given the highest honor by her colleagues this spring when they elected her to become California’s 69th Speaker of the state Assembly. A Democrat who spent eight years on the San Diego City Council, Atkins has long advocated on issues such as affordable housing for veterans and reducing homelessness. As Majority Leader, she was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Assembly floor and has served as a member of Speaker Emeritus John A. Perez's leadership team. In following Perez, California’s first openly gay Speaker, Atkins becomes the first openly gay woman to serve in the role. Atkins is originally from southwestern Virginia and graduated from Emory & Henry College with a degree in political science with a focus on community organizing. She was first elected to the Assembly representing a San Diego-area district in 2010.

Congratulations to Andrew Erickson, Jennifer Parsons, Paayal Zaveri, Kaitlin Bane, Gregory Allen, Lynne Shallcross & Quinn Western the 2014 Journalism Scholarship recipients.

Capitol Plaza Ballroom
1025 9th Street, 3rd Floor


May 2014 CIR State of Surveillance PDF  | Print |  E-mail


On Tuesday, May 27th

The Sacramento Press Club and The Center for Investigative Reporting presented

The State of Surveillance

With much of the world's attention focused on the NSA and the trove of leaks provided by Edward Snowden, a much quieter revolution is happening across the country. In California, law enforcement agencies are enthusiastically embracing a variety of tools to collect metadata on everyone they can. The tools – which range from automated license-plate readers to facial recognition to social media monitoring systems – greatly expand the data and databases officers have at their fingertips. Law enforcement agencies say many of the technologies are already making it easier to solve – and in some cases prevent – crimes. But privacy advocates argue that these expanded databases are becoming dragnets increasingly populated with information about law-abiding citizens.

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us at Beatnik Studios to watch The State of Surveillance, the short documentary produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting, and discuss what all of this means for you.

Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Andrew Becker, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Robert Salladay, The Center for Investigative Reporting



April 2014 SOS Debate PDF  | Print |  E-mail


On Wednesday, April 23rd

The Sacramento Press Club presented

California Secretary of State Debate

The race for secretary of state lost a candidate but gained renewed attention last month when Sen. Leland Yee withdrew after being charged in a criminal conspiracy. On April 23 we hosted a debate among the top contenders in a crowded field vying for the job of overseeing the state’s elections and several business programs. They discussed ideas to improve transparency and update the antiquated campaign finance and lobbying databases and a variety of other related topics. Photos from the event below. Video of the event - courtesy of CalChannel - is here.

Taking part in the debate were:

Derek Cressman, a Democrat and former leader at Common Cause.

Alex Padilla, a Democratic senator from the San Fernando Valley.

Pete Peterson, a Republican from Santa Monica and executive director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.

Dan Schnur, a former Republican who is running as an independent, is director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.



2014 Spring Happy Hour Mixer PDF  | Print |  E-mail

On Wednesday, April 23rd the Sacramento Press Club hosted a

Spring Happy Hour Mixer

Welcome back from spring break and reception for Sacramento’s newest reporters

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Sacramento Press Club spring happy hour mixer to welcome the latest additions to the capital city’s press corps. Special thanks to our party partners - the California Medical Association, Edelman, Comcast and Lucas Public Affairs. And, of course, thanks to Capital Dime for hosting us in their courtyard.

Capital Dime

1801 L St Sacramento, CA 95811

(Patio in the back of the restaurant)





April 2014 Mayor Chuck Reed PDF  | Print |  E-mail


On Thursday, April 3rd

The Sacramento Press Club welcomed

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed


San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has been in the headlines lately for his proposed pension reform initiative that would allow local governments to negotiate changes to government employees' retirement benefits. Reed sued Attorney General Kamala Harris, a fellow Democrat, over the title and summary she assigned to the initiative, but a judge upheld it, making it unlikely that Reed's initiative will qualify for the ballot this year. Still, the second-term mayor says he and the other mayors who support the initiative are not giving up on their efforts to scale back public employee pensions. Photos courtesy of Phil Kampel.


Capitol Plaza Ballroom
1025 9th Street, 3rd Floor




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