June 3, 2019

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AG Xavier Becerra announces “action related to opioids.” 11 a.m., Dept. of Justice, 1300 I St. Contact: 916 210 6000.

Livestream here.


Senate — Session 2 p.m.

  • Business, Professions and Economic Development (Steve Glazer, Chair), Noon, Rm. 3191.
  • Conference Committee on the Budget (Holly Mitchell, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 4203.

Assembly — Session 1 p.m.

  • Rules (Ken Cooley, Chair), 10 minutes prior to session, Rm. 3162.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • Midnight

    CA Housing Panel 2

  • 1 a.m.

    CA Housing Panel Keynote

  • 2 a.m.

    CA Housing Panel 3

  • 3 a.m.

    CA Housing Panel 4

  • 7 a.m.

    American Spirit

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report 819: Higher Ed: A Good Investment for Student Tax Payers

  • 9 a.m.

    Commonwealth Club

  • Noon

    Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development LIVE

  • 1 p.m.

    Assembly Floor Session LIVE Upon Adj.

  • 2 p.m.

    Senate Floor Session LIVE Upon Adj.

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report 819: Higher Ed: A Good Investments for Student Tax Payers

  • 9 p.m.

    Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development (6.3.19)


Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses “California for All Emergency Management Preparedness Summit,” hosted by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as “a call to action for emergency managers and first responders across all jurisdictions and disciplines to collectively plan and prepare for large-scale disasters, including new ways to integrate a whole-community approach to emergency management.” 9 a.m., Sheraton Grand Sacramento, Grand Ballroom, 1230 J St. Contact: 916 445 4571.

“Open to credentialed media only.”

Livestream here.


Dr. Richard Pan for Senate 2018 Officeholder Acct. (6th SD) or Dr. Pan for Secretary of State 2022, reception, Host $3000, Co-Host $2000, Ticket $1000, 5 p.m., Mayahuel, 1200 K St. Contact: 916 400 3721.

Andreas Borgeas for Senate 2022 (8th SD), reception, Host $4700, Sponsor $2500, Ticket $1500, 5:30 p.m., Pizza Rock, 1020 K St. Contact: 916 573 5381.


By Governor. Contact: 916 445 4571.

Do not require Senate confirmation.

To the State Board of Fire ServicesEdward Foster, 72, Santa Barbara, no party preference, fire marshal for Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District since 2003; Peter Munoa, 50, Napa, no party preference, deputy chief of the Land Use Planning Program at the Office of the State Fire Marshal since 2014 and formerly a CAL FIRE firefighter; David Rocha, 52, Livermore, Democrat, chief of the Alameda County Fire Dept. since 2014. No compensation.

To the State Independent Living Council: Jose Solorzano, 36, Rialto, Democrat, community health representative for the Inland Empire Health Plan since 2017; Jay’Riah Thomas, 25, Sacramento, Democrat, manager of The Arc San Francisco and summer school ISP teacher for Five Keys Charter School since 2018; Ning “Jenny” Yang, 31, Fremont, vice chair of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2013 to 2018. No compensation.


The office of Asm. Phil Ting reports promoting Jessica Duong to legislative director and hiring Shy Forbes as senior legislative aide. Duong has worked for Ting since 2016 and succeeds Andrew White, who started a new job as assistant division chief for state policy in CalPERS’ legislative affairs division. Before joining Ting’s office, Duong was a press aide for then-Speakers Toni Atkins and John Perez. Forbes, who started the new job today, previously worked as a legislative analyst at the California Energy Commission since 2016 and, before that, was a legislative aide for Marty Block in the Senate and Assembly. Contact: Nannette Miranda 415 557 2312.

California Retailers Assn. (CRA) has announced hiring Steve McCarthy as its new vice president of public policy and regulatory affairs. McCarthy was previously director of the Assembly Republican Office of Policy and Budget since 2014, and before that he worked as a principal consultant in the Capitol and as chief of staff for former Asm. Anthony PescettiMcCarthy joins “CRA’s growing team of professionals as the association ramps up its efforts to protect consumers, economy and jobs in the fifth largest economy in the world, with retail making up a quarter of the state’s employment.” He starts the new job Aug. 5. Contact: Sarah Pollo 916 410 7506.

Navy Region Southwest reports having hired Gareth Smythe as Dept. of Defense Governmental Affairs Manager in Sacramento. He started the job May 13. Smythe previously worked in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research since 2016 as an appointee of Govs. Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown. He also worked for the Governor’s Military Council. Smythe works with Ned McKinley, the Marine Corps Installation West State Director for Governmental Affairs, in the Dept. of the Navy’s Sacramento office. Contact: Smythe,, or McKinley,

Caltrans has announced naming Dan McElhinney its new director of District 10 in Stockton. McElhinney had been a chief deputy district director in the Bay Area’s district four since 2002. He succeeds Dennis Agar, who transferred to Sacramento after being promoted to chief of Caltrans Division of Maintenance. Contact: Chantel Vernon 209 948 3930.

Brian Annis, recently appointed chief financial officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, figures he’ll have to wait another month before his “one-wheel” arrives. The

Brian Annis

popular skateboard-like, battery-powered vehicle propelled with just one wheel in the center, a gift from his wife, is on back order. He’s not entirely sure how they work, “or whether I’m going to be good at it. But I do have one-wheel experience,” he laughs, “I taught myself how to ride a unicycle in high school.” Annis, a Fair Oaks native with a bachelor’s degree in political economy of natural resources from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Washington, joined the Capitol community in 1998, taking a job with the Department of Finance, first in economic forecasting and then in revenue forecasting before working on transportation for the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. “Transportation was just kind of a coincidence,” says Annis, “but I grew to love it.” He has since been appointed first Undersecretary and then Secretary of the California Transportation Agency. In addition to being “tangible,” transportation “often has a lot of consensus, a lot of problem solving, not a lot of philosophical debate.” When debates arise about transportation projects, he says, they tend to abate once the work is complete. “Once they’re there,” he says, “people tend to like them.” Annis says his most recent appointment, his first experience at the department level “completes my tour through state government. I’m excited to be here, on the ground level of implementation.” Contact: Will Shuck,

When she was a pupil at Greer Elementary School  in Arden Arcade, Mary Helmich could hear the steam whistle screeching from atop its 92-foot post at the downtown Railyards, signaling shift changes. Last week, Helmich, a former member of the state archives staff, shared highlights of her 300-page book about those yards, “A Legacy in Brick & Iron: Sacramento’s Central & Southern Pacific Railroad Shops,” at the State Archives Speaker Series. She said her book, “in some way memorializes” the life and accomplishments of her late husband Walter P. Gray III, a former State Archivist and former director of the California State Railroad Museum. Several people at the gathering had memories of a vibrant and productive operation at the shops. Some recalled ruefully Sacramento’s track record of historic preservation, and wanted to know whether even the remaining remnants of the complex would be demolished “like the Alhambra.” “No,” Helmich assured her audience, “they’ve razed what they’re going to raze, thank God. No more.” Her book, co-written with Kevin Bunker, traces the history of the Railyards from conception to demise, a story of historic vision and herculean determination. In the mid-19th century, before the famed golden spike was pounded in Utah to complete the transcontinental railroad, Sacramento was preparing for its destiny as its western terminus. The streets were prone to flooding, so they raised them. The American River veered too far south where it met the Sacramento, so they dug a channel and pushed it north. But when railroad planners eyeballed Sixth and H streets for their shop complex, they found a hurdle easier to go around. “The neighbors complained,” Helmich smiled, “so they went to 6th and D instead.” Contact: Will Shuck,


DAVIS — Former Gov. Jerry Brown delivers lecture as part of series sponsored by Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science and UC Davis Library, discusses “link between wildfire and climate change and the need for California agriculture to adapt to climate change;” $10. 6:30 p.m., UC Davis Shields Library, 1 Shields Ave. Contact: Jessica Nusbaum 530 752 4145.

Prior to Brown’s address at 6 p.m., UC Davis researcher Anita Oberholster discusses “how environmental factors affect grapes and wine.”

Also 5: 15 p.m. reception with “exhibit of rare, historical items from the library’s special collection.”

Details here.


“Combatting Climate Change Beyond Courts,” sponsored by Progressive Policy Institute and National Assn. of Manufacturers, Sen. Bob Hertzberg and others join panel discussing “path forward for civic and environmental leaders to combat climate change with practical, pragmatic solutions beyond the courts.” RSVP here. Noon, Cafeteria 15L, 1116 15th St. Contact:

Other panelists listed: Phil Goldberg, PPI Center for Civil Justice; Kim Stone, former president of Civil Justice Assn. of California; Jarrell Cook, California Manufacturers & Technology Assn.; Daniel Johnson, California Energy Commission; Lenny Mendonca, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.


Members of Alzheimer’s Assn. gather before making legislative office visits in support of $10 million “one-time general fund investment” for Dept. of Public Health’s Healthy Brain Initiative to help “focus on early detection and timely diagnosis, target outreach to disproportionately impacted communities of color and fund initiatives with eight county public health departments.” 10 a.m., Rm. 127. Contact: Nicole Dalske,

Also: Asm. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry presents ACR 82 on Assembly Floor, would recognize June 2019 as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

SAN FRANCISCO — SF Mayor London Breed, Sen. Scott Wiener and others attend ceremony to raise the “annual Pride flag.” 11 a.m., City Hall, Mayor’s Balcony. Contact: 415 554 6131.

Also listed: San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.

FRESNO — South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate, attends “meet and greet,” discusses campaign. 11 a.m., Tuolumne Hall, 1445 Tuolumne St. Contact: Chris Meagher 805 452 3228.

Also in Fresno, Buttigieg attends town hall for broadcast on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” 4 p.m., location not listed.

Improve Your Tomorrow, a nonprofit college prep program that aims to increase the number of young men of color who attend and graduate from college or university, holds its “2019 Intern Reception” to welcome 25 high school seniors and college freshmen who will be starting their six-week summer internship in and around the Capitol, “meet the interns and welcome them to the Capitol.” 5 to 6:30 p.m., Rm. 3173. Contact:

More here.


Recent filings with Secretary of State.

CLIENT ADDITIONS (Lobbying firm, client name, filing date): California Strategies & Advocacy, Rocketship Public School, 5/30/19… Capitol Advocacy, Crosstown California Holdings, LLC aka NFuzed, 5/30/19… Cruz Strategies, Bartell & Associates, 5/30/19… Munger, Tolles & Olson, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and its affiliated entities, 5/30/19… Nossaman, Riley Pasek Canty LLP, 5/30/19.

NEW REGISTRATIONS (Lobbyist name, firm name, filing date): Marisa M. Avasino, GAMCO Asset Management Inc., 5/30/19… Whitney L. Prout, C.N.P.A. Services, 5/30/19.

LOBBYISTS TERMINATING REGISTRATIONS (Lobbyist name, firm name, filing date): Kelley McCarroll-Gilbert, TSSP BD LLC, 5/30/19… Kevin O’Donnell, Adams Street Partners LLC, 5/30/19… Jamie Parrot, Carlson Capital LP, 5/30/19.


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): Robert L. Brunton, Republican, AD 25, not listed, Yes, 48790 Plomosa Road, Fremont, CA 94539, 510 657 8645… James D. Canova, Democratic, AD 25, 2020, Yes, 131 El Bosque Dr., San Jose, CA 95134, 408 921 2039… Joseph J. Cho, Democratic, SD 29, 2020, Yes, 2271 West Malvern Ave. #416, Fullerton, CA 92833, 562 547 4434… Betty Yee, Democratic, Treasurer, 2022, Yes, 16633 Ventura Blvd., #1108, Encino, CA 91436, 818 884 1818.


US Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign for President reports endorsements from former Pro Tem Kevin de León, Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen, Sen. Ben Allen, Novato City Councilmember Josh Fryday, Pres. Herb Wesson of the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-DawsonDavid Ryu and Curren Price, Los Angeles Community College Board members Mike Fong and Uduak-Joe Ntuk and California Democratic Party African-American Caucus Chair Darren Parker. The campaign also announced new co-chairs: Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Release here. Harris, a Democrat, was California’s Attorney General before being elected to the Senate. Contact:

US Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President has announced “its first slate of hires in California.” Shelli Jackson is California State Coordinator. Jackson works in Asm. Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s office and has worked on Assembly campaigns; her last day in the Assembly is June 10. Susie Shannon is California Political Director. Shannon has worked as a senior adviser, campaign director and labor consultant on statewide and local California campaigns. Melissa Byrne is California Grassroots Director. She worked for the Sanders campaign in 2016 as New Hampshire Digital Director. Sand Brim is California Policy Advisor. Brim has been director of strategic campaigns, senior adviser and speechwriter for the California Nurses Assn. and National Nurses United. Daniel Andalon is Los Angeles Regional Director. He most recently worked on Bob Archuleta’s winning campaign for Senate. Robert Dempsey is San Diego Regional Director. Dempsey oversaw the Congressional Campaign Program for the California Democratic Party in 2018. Jane Kim is Bay Area Regional Director. She was a San Francisco Supervisor from 2011 to 2019. And, Samuel Sukaton is Inland Empire and Orange County Regional Director. He was previously associate director of Inland Empire United. Release here. Contact: Sarah Ford,

Don Sedgwick’s campaign for CD 45 responds to opponent US Rep. Katie Porter’s “radical shift toward impeachment,” says: “Porter as chosen to play Washington insider games with her ultra left-wing friends like AOC, Warren and Sanders instead of focusing on what matters – solving veteran homelessness, fixing our broken healthcare system and growing our economy. Shame on her.” Release hereSedgwick, a Republican, is a Laguna Hills City Councilmember. Contact: John Thomas,

Asm. Kevin Kiley’s campaign for SD 1 reports an endorsement from the Placer County Deputy Sheriffs’ Assn. Release here. Kiley, a Republican, was elected to the Assembly in 2016. Contact: Dave Gilliard 916 626 6804.

California Democratic Party reports electing Rusty Hicks as its chair over the weekend after receiving 1820 votes, or 57% of the total votes cast at its convention. He succeeds Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker, who has served as acting chair since December and will resume her previous position as CDP first vice chair. Release here. Contact: Roger Salazar 916 284 1255.


Democratic National Committee member Bob Mulholland remarks on the election of Hicks:

In the end, as always, the majority of the California Democratic Party Convention Delegates voted “Pragmatically.” In 1989, former Governor Jerry Brown received 67% of the vote to become State Party Chair, for the first time, a four year term. In 1991, Jerry stepped down to run for President. Phil Angelides received 67% of the vote to fill the remaining two years of Jerry’s term (1992 was an exceptional year with Bill Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer all winning California). In 1993, Bill Press received 67% of the vote to become Party Chair. Art Torres and John Burton received big majorities or had no opponent. FYI – in 1981 the Convention Delegates selected Nancy Pelosi as Party Chair (1981-83). Rusty Hicks visited with local delegates in all 58 counties, over two months. I saw him at a few events — not flashy, not trying to raise barn roofs or criticizing our elected officials (the ones put into office by the real grassroots — the voters). Rusty Hicks with 1,820 votes out of 3,162 means he won with 57.6%, a margin of 21.6% over Kimberley Ellis with 36.0% or 1,139 votes, thus, a vote margin of 681 votes. To summarize – the majority of Delegates went with a Pragmatic Chair, not an Ideology Chair. Contact: Mulholland 916 996 8666.

From supporters of split roll initiative — [Sunday] the Schools & Communities First (SCF) ballot initiative received the unanimous endorsement of the California Democratic Party and overwhelming support of grassroots activists from across the state… “Schools & Communities First is proud to have received a strong endorsement from the California Democratic Party,” said SCF Spokesman Doug Herman. “Californians are uniting behind a commonsense initiative to fund our schools and local services by taxing only commercial property at fair market value. While huge corporations and wealthy investors will spread falsehoods and repeat debunked myths to protect their narrow interests, Californians know that with the fifth largest economy, we should be providing our kids the best possible education and fully funding our vital local services.” In April, Politico reported on a statewide PPIC poll, saying that “split roll gets the nod”. That poll showed that 56% of residents and 54% of likely voters approve of the initiative to direct some of the new revenue from taxing commercial property at fair market value to K-12 public schools. Contact: Tyler Law, 

From California Taxpayers Association — The split-roll property tax initiative that has qualified for the November 2020 ballot is opposed by 51 percent of registered voters and supported by only 44 percent – with a mere 14 percent saying they will “definitely vote yes” – according to poll results released by Change Research. The pollster found that 20 percent will definitely vote “no,” 12 percent probably will vote “no,” and 19 percent are leaning toward a “no” vote. On the other side, 14 percent said they definitely will vote “yes,” and 30 percent said they probably will vote “yes.” Another 5 percent said they will not vote. CalTax President Robert Gutierrez said the poll is consistent with other polls showing Californians’ strong support for maintaining the voter-approved taxpayer protections of Proposition 13. “The more people know about the split-roll property tax increase measure, and how it would increase retail prices and the cost of housing in California, the more likely they are to oppose it,” Gutierrez said. Contact: David Kline,


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Tuesday, June 04, 2019


Asm. Cottie Petrie-Norris and others announce “the creation of the Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group.” 10 a.m., Rm. 317. Contact: Claire Conlon 916 319 2074.

Credentialed media only.

Sen. Mike McGuire, members of Dept. of Education, Air Pollution Control Officers Assn. and other groups announce “clear statewide guidelines for school districts to utilize when communities are inundated with smoke from nearby – or even far off – wildfires,” say smoke can “settle in communities hundreds of miles from the location of the fire for several days,” leading to school districts making “difficult, last minute decisions on whether to cancel classes, remain open or modify school events with very little or no scientific data at their fingertips.” 11 a.m., Capitol Park near East Steps at 12th and L Sts. Contact: Kerrie Lindecker 707 319 3654.

Livestream here.


Senate — Check-in.

  • Public Safety (Nancy Skinner, Chair), 8:30 a.m., Rm. 2040.
  • Energy, Utilities and Communication (Ben Hueso, Chair), 9 a.m., Rm. 3191.
  • CANCELED, Agriculture (Cathleen Galgiani, Chair), 9:30 a.m., Rm. 113.
  • Elections and Constitutional Amendments (Tom Umberg, Chair), 9:30 a.m., Rm. 112.
  • Housing (Scott Wiener, Chair), 1:30 p.m., Rm. 3191.
  • Judiciary (Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chair), 1:30 p.m., Rm. 112.
  • Conference Committee on the Budget (Holly Mitchell, Chair), Upon Call of the Chair, Rm. 4203.

Assembly — Check-in.

  • Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (Bill Quirk, Chair), 1:30 p.m., Rm. 444.
  • Judiciary (Mark Stone, Chair), 9 a.m., Rm. 437.
  • Joint Hearing, Select Committee on International and Regional Agreements; Agriculture; Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy (Marc Levine, Susan Talamantes Eggman and Sabrina Cervantes, Chairs). Subject — Impact of the US trade dispute with China on California’s economy.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • Midnight

    Assembly Floor Session (6.3.19)

  • 2 a.m.

    Senate Floor Session (6.3.19)

  • 7 a.m.

    Politics on Tap

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report 824: 2018 Turnout what it means for 2020

  • 9 a.m.

    Assembly Judiciary Committee LIVE

  • 1:30 p.m.

    Senate Housing Committee LIVE

  • 7 p.m.

    Politics on Tap

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report 824: 2018 Turnout what it means for 2020

  • 9 p.m.

    Assembly Judiciary Committee (6.4.19)


(Tom) Lackey for Assembly 2020 (36th AD), breakfast, Sponsor $4700, Ticket $2000, 8 a.m., Mayahuel, 1200 K St. Contact: 916 498 9223.

Tasha Boerner Horvath for Assembly 2020 (76th AD), reception, Ticket $1500, 4:30 p.m., Brasserie Capitale, 1201 K St. Contact: 619 985 4396.

Special guest: Speaker Anthony Rendon.

Maria Elena Durazo for Senate 2022 (24th SD), evening reception, Sponsorships $4700, $2500, $1500, 5:30 p.m., Oishii Sushi, 1000 K St. Contact: 916 400 4044.

(Henry) Stern for Senate 2020 (27th SD), reception with “tacos, margaritas and ‘poptails,'” Ticket $1500, 5:30 p.m., Mayahuel, 1200 K St. Contact: 916 551 1430.

Vince Fong for Assembly 2020 (34th AD), reception with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Sponsor $4700, Co-Sponsor $2500, Individual $1500, 5:30 p.m., Station 16, 1118 16th St. Contact: 916 573 5381.

Phillip Chen for Assembly 2020 (55th AD), reception, Sponsor $4700, Ticket $1500, 5:30 p.m., Downtown & Vine, 1200 K St. #8. Contact: 916 492 9604.

Connie Leyva for Senate 2022 (20th SD), “supper club dinner series,” Pair of tickets $2500, Ticket $1500, 6 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Aioli Bodega Espanola, 1800 L St. Contact: 916 551 1470.


Board of Food and Agriculture, hears presentation from Michael Kelley with the Central California Almond Growers Assn. on pest management for Navel Orange Worms, which can damage a variety of fruit and nut crops; for almonds, the mature female moths lay their eggs in nuts that were left unharvested or are part of a new crop and then the baby worms feed on the nuts; other business. 10 a.m., 1220 N St., Main Auditorium. Contact: Joshua Eddy 916 654 0462.

Agenda here.


SAN FRANCISCO — Former US Secty. of State George Shultz, in conversation with Commonwealth Club CEO Gloria Duffy, discusses his writings that he has collected through the years, “applying his past thinking to America’s most pressing contemporary problems of today.” Noon, Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St. Contact: Riki Rafner 415 597 6712.

Event sponsored by Commonwealth Club.


BERKELEY — “Electric Vehicles and Global Urban Adoption,” sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and University of Paris in France, participants discuss adopting zero-emission technologies to “slow and reverse” effects of greenhouse gas emissions and how policymakers can “design solutions to boost deployment at the local level, particularly for urban residents who may lack access to charging.” 9 a.m., Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way. Contact: Ethan Elkind 510 643 3701.

Listed speakers include: Alice Reynolds, senior adviser for energy in Governor’s Office; Patty Monahan, California Energy Commission; Former Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission; Tyson Eckerle, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Details here.


Representatives of American Kidney Fund urge support for legislation that would “prevent discrimination against living organ donors” and call for opposition to “legislation that could harm donor transplants.” 10 a.m., North Steps. Contact: CHP 916 445 3876.

Representatives of Humane Society of United States urge support bills that would ban “super-toxic rat poison,” prohibit sale of “fur products,” address “link between animal cruelty and violence against humans” and stop “trophy hunting of bobcats.” 1:15 p.m., North Steps. Contact: 707 795 2533.


California Catholic Conference hosts Catholic Scripture Study and Prayer, sponsored by Asm. Eloise Gomez Reyes and others. 8 a.m., Rm. 125. Contact: 916 313 4000.

“Take a Hike! City Walks in Downtown Sacramento,” sponsored by Dept. of Parks and Recreation, one in a series of monthly walks to promote healthy living, this one 2.2 miles to the Old Sacramento State Historic Park and back. Departs 12:10 p.m., Sidewalk on 10th St. in front of West Steps. Contact: Chelsea Rodgers 916 653 5433.

Fresno-based writer Mark Arax, who co-wrote “King of California” with Rick Wartzman about the J. G. Boswell Central Valley farming operation, promotes his new book, “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California,” described as “part investigative report, part history and part current events.” 5 p.m., Library and Courts Building, 914 Capitol Mall, Rm. 500. Contact:

Sponsored by Sacramento Press Club, members receive discount on purchase of Arax’s new book.

“Policy and a Pint,” organized by California Groundbreakers, Natural Resources Secty. Wade Crowfoot discusses “what he’s planning for forest management, wildfire preparedness and firefighting efforts” ahead of wildfire season, as well as “water rights, conservation, cleaning it up and what will take the place of Jerry Brown’s (now officially dead) Twin Tunnels project.” $10. 6:30 p.m., Antiquité Midtown, 2114 P St. Contact:

Event is first in three-part “Fire Season” series; details here.


Below is Election Night gathering information, provided by campaigns, for the SD 1 and SD 33 special general elections.

SD 1

Kevin Kiley (R): No event. Contact: 916 745 6281.

SD 33

Lena Gonzalez (D): 8 p.m., Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach. Contact: Sergio Carrillo 310 748 6495.