Tuesday

Jan 3, 2017

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NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

None scheduled.

THE LEGISLATURE

Senate, Assembly — Recess

Reconvenes Wednesday January 4, 2017.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • Midnight

    Assembly Water Storage Investment Program (11.21.16)

  • 2 a.m.

    CalReCycle Oil: Going the Distance

  • 3:30 a.m.

    PPIC: John Chiang (10.7.16)

  • 6 a.m.

    Road To Recovery

  • 7 a.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 8 a.m.

    Charter California Edition

    • Guests: Los Angeles County Supv. K. Barger; Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza; Glendora Cncl Judy Nelson (917IRW)
  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report 612: 2016 Election. Political Sea Change

  • 9 a.m.

    Cal Constitutionals with Betty Yee (12.7.16)

  • 10 a.m.

    Senate Oversight Wells Fargo Sales and Practice (11.28.16)

  • Noon

    Assembly Water Storage Investment Program (11.21.16)

  • 2 p.m.

    CalReCycle Oil: Going the Distance

  • 3:30 p.m.

    PPIC: John Chiang (10.7.16)

  • 5:30 p.m.

    American Spirit

  • 6 p.m.

    Road to Recovery

  • 7 p.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 8 p.m.

    Charter California Edition

    • Guests: Los Angeles County Supv. K. Barger; Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza; Glendora Cncl Judy Nelson (917IRW)
  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report 612: 2016 Election. Political Sea Change

  • 9 p.m.

    Cal Constitutionals with Betty Yee (12.7.16)

  • 10 p.m.

    Senate Oversight Wells Fargo Sales and Practice (11.28.16)

THE GOVERNOR

Nothing public announced as of 4:55 a.m. Contact: 916 445 4571.

KEEPING UP

US Senator-Elect Kamala Harris reports hiring Rohini Kosoglu as her deputy chief of staff. Kosoglu, who has worked with the US Senate for more than 10 years, most recently served as policy director and senior advisor to US Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). She has also worked as an aide to US Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Contact: Nathan Click, nathan@kamalaharris.org.


The 12th Annual Dine Downtown restaurant week kicks off next week and several restaurants near the Capitol are participating. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership reports that 35 local restaurants are offering multi-course prix-fixe menus from January 12-22. The special meal is $35 per person and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to food literacy programs in Sacramento. Among this year’s participating restaurants are Blackbird (1015 9th St.), Brasserie Capitale (1201 K St.), Chops (1117 11th St.), and Empress Tavern (1013 K St.). Full list of restaurants here. Contact: Jordyn Anderson 916 287 9961.

CATCHING UP WITH MIKKI BAKO SORENSEN

By Maureen O’Haren, O’Haren Government Relations. Contact: maureen@oharen.com

Artist and art

When Mikki Bako Sorensen retired in December 2015—after more than a decade in the Capitol and another 13 years as general attorney for AT&T—she plunged herself into her passion for the arts. The walls of her Arden Park home had long been covered with her paintings as well as the works of others, but in the past year, she’s redoubled her efforts. Mikki, now 69, has had two works accepted for juried art shows and she formed the Two Rivers Artists Group. She’s also on the boards of the Sacramento Fine Arts Center and the Northern California Artists Association. “Making art makes me happy,” she says from her home studio crammed with tubes of paint and brushes. “I’m really motivated to become a better artist and see how far I can go.”

A book club, a MahJongg group, season tickets to two local theatres and seats on two charitable boards—the Consortium for Children, a nonprofit focused on foster children, and St. John’s Program for Real Change, which aids homeless women—round out her busy days. She even helps out at St. John’s in the art therapy program, which she finds very fulfilling.

“In the Jungle,” Sorensen’s contribution to the Animal House Show starting today at Sacramento Fine Arts Center.

But Sorensen can talk just as enthusiastically about her days in and around the Capitol. In fact, Sorensen’s work for the Consortium for Children grew out of her work in the early 1990s when she worked as a consultant for the Assembly Judiciary Committee. She recalls an early trial by fire analyzing then Assemblyman Tom Hayden’s gay marriage bill, which generated at least two feet of correspondence (this was before the days of e-mail). She moved from the Assembly to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1996, which was then chaired by Charles Calderon, who later hired her for his personal staff. She also worked for former Sen. Richard Alarcon before leaving for AT&T. There she worked for more than a decade on a wide variety of issues, including excavation around utility lines, which finally culminated in a bill authored by Sen. Jerry Hill and signed just this year. She also worked on Sen. Mark Leno’s kill-switch legislation for mobile phones and former Speaker Toni Atkins’ measure to allow victims of domestic violence to obtain their own accounts while retaining data accumulated in a family plan, all issues she found fascinating and rewarding.

But in the year since Sorensen retired, she’s happier than ever. She and her husband, David, a dentist, attend San Francisco Symphony or Ballet performances almost twice a month and they are frequent visitors to museum openings.  Sorensen has also redone entire sections of her large backyard garden, including the Koi pond, and added six birdhouses so that she could start backyard bird watching. For this year, her goal is to spend more time painting, especially oils and water colors, while still keeping up with all her board work. “I’m really busy, but I just love it,” she says. “I am so happy. I enjoy every day.”

STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

State Water Resources Control Board, first of two days, public hearing to gather comments on update of the water quality control plan for the Delta (Bay-Delta Plan), last updated in 2006; revisions call for decreased diversions from the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers, which are tributaries to the San Joaquin; other business. 9 a.m., Cal/EPA Building, 1001 I St. Contact: Rich Satkowski 916 341 5439.

Agenda and staff reports here.


Staff from CA Energy Commission, CA Independent System Operator and Natural Resources Agency host meeting of the joint-agency Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative 2.0 Plenary Group (RETI 2.0) which seeks to identify transmission corridors that can be used for connecting more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar to the grid so the state can meet its renewable energy goals, present group’s draft report that describes existing bulk transmission capacity in California and the western US and challenges involved in linking them to renewable resource areas. 1 p.m., 1516 Ninth St. Contact: 916 654 4989.

Notice and webinar access details here.

MISCELLANEOUS

PHILLIPS STATION — Dept. of Water Resources conducts first manual snow survey of Water Year 2017, says electronic readings of the Sierra Nevada snowpack show its statewide water content is 10.5 inches or 72 percent of the December 27 average. 11 a.m., Phillips Station off Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd. Contact: Doug Carlson 916 653 5114.

Results should be available by early afternoon here.

THIRD HOUSE

Recent filings with Secretary of State.

CLIENT ADDITIONS (Lobbying firm, client name, filing date): Leacox and Associates, American Composite Manufacturers Assn., 12/28/16.

CLIENT DELETIONS (Lobbying firm, client name, filing date): The Onate Group, Administrative Services Cooperative, 12/27/16.

NEW REGISTRATIONS (Lobbyist name, firm name, filing date): Dennis Cuevas-Romero, American Heart Assn., 12/28/16… Ari Polychronopoulos, Research Affiliates LLC, 12/23/16.

CANDIDATES AND COMMITTEES

Recent filings with Secretary of State.

CANDIDATE INTENTION STATEMENT (Candidate’s name, Party, Office, Year, Accept voluntary expenditure ceiling?, Candidate’s address and phone number): Richard D. Roth, Democratic, SD 31, 2020, No, 2451 Piedmont Dr., Riverside, CA 92506, 951 376 2016.

POLITICAL NOTES

Asm. Jimmy Gomez’s campaign for CD 34 reports several new endorsements including US Rep. Ted Lieu, Treasurer John Chiang, Sen. Holly Mitchell, Asms. Miguel SantiagoSusan Talamantes EggmanIan CalderonKen CooleyLaura FriedmanMatt Dababneh, Richard Bloom, Ed Chau and Jacqui Irwin, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz. Release here. Gomez, a Democrat, has represented AD 51 since 2012 and before that was political director for the United Nurses Assn. of California. Contact: Mike Shimpock 626 535 9616 X6.

Classifieds

In each section, ads are arranged from newest to oldest. In parentheses, at the end of each ad, is its expiration date. Prices for subscribers are $45/week or $155/month.

PREVIEW

Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017

NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

None scheduled.

THE LEGISLATURE

Senate — Session 2 p.m.


Assembly — Session 1 p.m.

  • Rules (Ken Cooley, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 3162.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • Midnight

    Senate Informational Hearing on Closure of Developmental Centers (2.23.16)

  • 6 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 7 a.m.

    Schools On Point

  • 8 a.m.

    Charter California Edition

    • Guests: Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff; Riverside CCD President V. Blumenthal; Moreno Valley USD Trustee J. Holguin (919RIV)
  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report 608: CA Economic Summit

  • 9 a.m.

    She Shares: A Conversation with Alice Huffman (9.29.16)

  • 1 p.m.

    Assembly Floor Session LIVE

  • 2 p.m.

    Senate Floor Session (LIVE Upon Adjournment)

  • 6 p.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 7 p.m.

    Schools On Point

  • 8 p.m.

    Charter California Edition

    • Guests: Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff; Riverside CCD President V. Blumenthal; Moreno Valley USD Trustee J. Holguin (919RIV)
  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report 608: CA Economic Summit

  • 9 p.m.

    She Shares: A Conversation with Alice Huffman (9.29.16)

  • 10 p.m.

    Assembly Floor Session  (1.4.17)

THE GOVERNOR

Nothing public announced as of 5:15 a.m. Contact: 916 445 4571.

THE DAILY BREAD

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas for Assembly 2018 (54th AD), Sacramento Kings vs. Miami Heat, 2 Suite Seats $2500, Single $1500, 7:30 p.m., Golden 1 Center, 500 David J. Stern Walk. Contact: 916 594 9695.

STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

State Public Works Board, considers purchasing several parcels of land in Madera County for right-of-way for the High Speed Rail project. 10 a.m., Room 113. Contact: Patrice Coleman 916 445 9694.

Notice here.


SAN FRANCISCO — Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, public hearing on requiring lien claims by medical care providers against employers as part of the workers compensation process be filed electronically and include itemized vouchers describing the types of services provided by the lien claimants in addition to original bills for services; current regulations prohibit lien claimants from filing itemized vouchers, changes required by SB 116010 a.m., Milton Marks Conference Center, State Office Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave. Contact: 510 286 1161.

Notice here.

MISCELLANEOUS

Legislators’ Bible Discussion, sponsored by Capitol Commission CA, “this year, we plan to discuss the famous and foundational Bible book of Genesis, about ‘Beginning with God;’” Senators, Assemblymembers, Constitutional/Statewide Officers and spouses welcome. 8 a.m, Rm. 3171. Contact: Frank Erb, frank.erb@capitolcom.org.

Capitol Bible Discussion, also sponsored by Capitol Commission CA, same discussion topic, everyone is welcome. Noon, Rm. 125.


Music at Noon, free weekly concert sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church, this week’s program features “Three Viola Da Gamba Players: Amy Brodo, Farley Pearce, Roy Whelden;” feel free to bring your lunch. Noon, 1300 N St. Contact: Brad Slocum 916 442 8939.

Donations welcome, sponsorships begin at $35.


CA Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, welcome back reception with Sen. Ben Hueso, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, and other caucus members, Ticket $1000, 5:30 p.m., Mayahuel, 1200 K St. Contact: 916 442 0696.