Thursday

May 2, 2019

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NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

LOS ANGELES — Harvey Rosenfield and Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog, and others release report card showing “Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara earns a failing grade for protecting insurance policyholders during the first four months of his administration,” say “under Lara’s watch, the Department of Insurance has also approved $292 million in auto and homeowners’ insurance rate hikes since January.” 11 a.m., Consumer Watchdog’s Offices, 6330 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 250. Contact: Jamie Court 310 874 9989.

Also listed: Andrea Leon-Grossman, deputy director of Azul.


SAN FRANCISCO — Asm. Phil Ting discusses Assembly vote on his AB 1605, would authorize the City and County of San Francisco to establish a pilot program for requiring reservations and fees to drive down the crooked segment of San Francisco’s Lombard Street. 2 p.m., Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Ave. Contact: Nannette Miranda 415 557 2312.

Bill up for floor vote in Assembly starting at 9 a.m.

THE LEGISLATURE

Senate — Session 9 a.m.

  • Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education (Richard Roth, Chair), 9:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of Session, Rm. 3191.
  • Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation (Bob Wieckowski, Chair), 9:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of Session, Rm. 112.
  • Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services (Richard Pan, Chair), 9:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of Session, Rm. 4203.
  • Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and General Government (Maria Elena Durazo, Chair), 9:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of Session, Rm. 2040.
  • Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary (Nancy Skinner, Chair), 9:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of Session, Rm. 113.

Assembly — Session 9 a.m.

  • Rules (Ken Cooley, Chair), 10 minutes prior to Session, Rm. 3162.
  • SANTA MONICA — Select Committee on the State of Hate (Richard Bloom, Chair), 7 p.m., Santa Monica Community College, Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St. Subject — The Current State of Hate.
    • Listed to testify: Joanna Mendelson, Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism; Marshall Wong, County of Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations; David Kowalski, Los Angeles Police Dept.; Brianne Gilbert, Loyola Marymount University.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • 7 a.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report

  • 9 a.m.

    Senate Floor Session LIVE

  • 10 a.m.

    Assembly Floor (LIVE upon Adj.)

  • 11 a.m.

    Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 (Upon Adj.)

  • 12:30 p.m.

    Senate Budget Subcommittee #5 (Upon Adj.)

  • 7 p.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report

  • 9 p.m.

    Senate Floor Session (5.2.19)

THE GOVERNOR

Nothing public announced as of 5:10 a.m. Contact: 916 445 4571.

THE DAILY BREAD

Ben Allen for State Senate 2022 (26th SD), lunch reception, Host $4700, Co-Host $2500, Ticket $1300, Noon, Pizza Rock, 1020 K St. Contact: 916 400 3721.


WINTERS — Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Assembly 2020 (4th AD), dinner, Ticket $2000, 5 p.m., Park Winters, 27850 Country Road 26. Contact: 916 551 1430.


(Kevin) McCarty for Assembly 2020 (7th AD), reception, Kegg $4700, Double IPA $2500, IPA $1000, Ale $500, Pilsner $250, Lager $100, Ticket $50, 5:30 p.m., Urban Roots, 1322 V St. Contact: 916 551 1430.

KEEPING UP

Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond reports appointing Ryan Smith as chair of Thurmond’s Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative to address ways to improve “educational outcomes for all California public education students.” Smith is currently chief external officer of partnership for Los Angeles Schools and previously was executive director of The Education Trust-West. Contact: Jonathan Mendick 916 319 0818.


California Supreme Court reports appointing Los Angeles County Judge Lisa Lench to the Commission on Judicial Performance. Lench’s four-year term began yesterday. She currently sits on assignment for Los Angeles’ Complex Criminal Trial Court. Lench succeeds Santa Clara County Judge Erica Yew, who had served on the commission since 2010 and will now fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions. In addition, two members of the ethics panel were reappointed to four-year terms: Justice Marla J. Miller of the First District Court of Appeal and Judge Curtis E. A. Karnow of the San Franciscto Superior Court. Contact: Merrill Balassone 415 865 7740.


Friends and family report the death of Toni Roberts, a longtime Capitol fixture who established a successful fundraising and event planning business, Roberts and Associates, in 1988. Roberts died last week of natural causes at her Sacramento home. She was 68. The oldest of ten siblings born in Nevada, Roberts began her career in 1972 as a VISTA volunteer and moved to California in 1980. Over four decades, Roberts worked with local and state politicians, including three Senate leaders and Assembly Speakers, and a diverse group of charitable organizations in the fields of education, women’s rights organizations, public safety, the arts, and animal rights. In addition to her son Jonas Hartley and two granddaughters in Portland, OR, Roberts is survived by her mother and sister. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Aioli Bodega Espanola, 1800 L Street. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Toni Roberts Memorial Fund. Contact: Jonas Hartley, jonashartley@gmail.com.


The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has announced restructuring its external and regulatory affairs teams. Vice Pres. Stacey Crowley will now oversee the newly-renamed External and Customer Affairs division. Crowley has been with ISO since 2013 and was most recently vice president of regional and federal affairs. She succeeds Thomas Doughty, former ISO vice president of Customer and State Affairs, who left last month. Crowley will handle customer and stakeholder affairs, communications and legislative affairs. Vice Pres. Mark Rothleder will oversee the renamed Market Quality and State Regulatory Affairs division. He has been with ISO for the past 22 years, most recently as vice president of market quality and renewable integration. And, Quentin Foster joined ISO on Monday as director of state affairs within its external and customer affairs division. He was most recently director of California climate policy for the Environmental Defense Fund. Foster succeeds Mary McDonald, who is now chief consultant for the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee under chair Asm. Chris Holden. Contact: Anne Gonzales, agonzales@caiso.com.


The Capitol Frog Jump returns to Capitol Park on May 8. Asm. Frank Bigelow and Sen. Andreas Borgeas are hosting this year’s event, which is set for 11 a.m. on the East Lawn near the Fish Pond. Legislators, staff, media and others are invited to sign up as a frog jockey to compete for the longest jump. Trophies are also awarded to the jockey with the shortest jump, as well as the longest jump among media participants. Those who would like to participate are asked to RSVP to: Maria.Heredia@asm.ca.gov or Lyndsay.Mitchell@sen.ca.gov. The contest at the Capitol helps promote the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angel’s Camp held May 16-19. Contact: 916 651 4008.

STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

WEST SACRAMENTO — Delta Independent Science Board, hears presentation on Franks Tract Restoration Feasibility Study which proposes to drain portions of the island that was flooded in 1938 and create more small channels and turbid water along channel margins that make good habitat for Delta smelt and native species while minimizing habitat for non-native fish and invasive plants; other business. 8:30 a.m., USGS, 1280 Terminal St. Contact: disb@deltacouncil.ca.gov.

Board members take a break at 10:30 a.m. to travel to Brannan Isalnd where they will go on a boat tour lead by Jon Burau of the US Geological Survey who will discuss current and past research programs in the central Delta. Board members resume meeting in West Sacramento at 5 p.m.

Agenda here.


SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, considers approving proposal from East Bay Regional Park District to enhance Encinal Beach along the Alameda Point shoreline by increasing the beach with additional sand, removing a derelict barge, repaving a section of the Alameda Point Trail and making other improvements; other business. 1 p.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale St., Yerba Buena Room. Contact: Rebecca Coates-Maldoon 415 352 3634.

Agenda here.

SPEECHES AND TALKS

SAN FRANCISCO — Democratic presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in conversation with Greg Dalton of Climate One talk show at event sponsored by Commonwealth Club, discusses his distinction as “the only one running today who says climate change will be his first priority.” Noon, 110 The Embarcadero. Contact: Riki Rafner 415 597 6712.


LOS ANGELES — Asm. Luz Rivas addresses Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers “Lessons in Latino Leadership” series, discusses her background as an electrical design engineer at Motorola before founding DIY Girls, a nonprofit “focused on encouraging young girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.” 5:30 p.m., 707 Wilshire Blvd., 23rd Floor. Contact: vp.operations@shpela.org.


SAN FRANCISCO — Former Speaker Willie Brown delivers his annual lecture to Commonwealth Club, discusses “national and regional political trends.” 6:30 p.m., 110 The Embarcadero. Contact: Riki Rafner 415 597 6712.

Moderator listed: Joseph Fink, president emeritus, Dominican University of California.

REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.

CA Dept. of Finance has released its population report, finds California added 186,807 residents to bring the state’s estimated total population to 39.9 million people as of January 1, 2019; also finds that California’s statewide housing growth, as measured by net unit growth in completed housing units for 2018, was 77,000 units and that the total housing in California reached 14.2 million units, a 0.6 percent increase. Contact: H.D. Palmer 916 323 0648.

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, ETC.

CA Public Utilities Commission hosts workshop “to explore water rate design changes to ensure that rates are equitable across customer classes,” staff seeks input on “potential changes in rate design such that there is a basic amount of water that customers receive at an affordable rate.” 9:30 a.m., Energy Commission, 1516 9th St. Contact: Terrie Prosper 415 703 1366.

Later in Los Angeles, CPUC hosts workshop on “wheelchair accessible vehicle service and learn of accessibility issues related to app-based transportation network companies service,” 11:30 a.m., 320 W. 4th St.


FRESNO — League of California Cities Latino Caucus sponsors “Call to Action” briefing to mark Cinco de Mayo, participants discuss “the state of Latinos in California,” includes screening of documentary “Waking Dream: Young, Undocumented, Future Unknown” that “follows the lives of a series of California DACA students.” 2:30 p.m., Bitwise Industries Theater, 700 Van Ness Ave. Contact: John Arriaga 916 669 1343.

Similar event Friday in Redwood City.


Center for Biological Diversity sponsors hearing to collect comments on “Trump administration’s proposal to end federal protection for nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states,” say administration “has refused to schedule any hearings to accept public comments on the topic.” 6 p.m., Clunie Community Center, Grand Hall, 601 Alhambra Blvd. Contact: Ash Lauth 847 340 4570.

Preceded by 5 p.m. rally “featuring advocates in wolf masks.”

RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

California Community College Student Senators and others urge support for SB 291, would establish loan program administered by Community College Board of Governors for community college students “to cover the whole cost of attendance with financial aid, not just the cost of tuition.” 1 p.m., South Steps. Contact: Danny Thirakul, ladregionII@studentsenateccc.org.

Listed speakers: Sen. Connie Leyva, Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Latino School Board Assn. Member Norma Alcala.

Part of Advocacy Day sponsored by Student Senate for California Community Colleges.

MISCELLANEOUS

Disneyland Resort sponsors Star Wars-theme display with Storm Troopers and a Yoda hot air balloon to promote its newest Disneyland Park attraction, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” which is scheduled to open May 31; also promotes May the 4th as Star Wars Day in California. 6 a.m., West Steps. Contact: Chris Spitzer 714 781 1057.


SAN BERNARDINO — Caltrans District 8 hosts its 2019 Worker Memorial to honor the district’s 12 fallen workers as well as pay tribute to the 189 statewide Caltrans workers who have died on the job. 10 a.m., Caltrans District 8 Courtyard, 464 W. 4th St. Contact: Terri Kasinga 951 232 4268.

Listed to attend: Michael Beauchamp, Caltrans District 8 Director; Dennis Agar and Stephen Pusey, Caltrans; Chief Bill Dance, CHP Inland Division; Commissioner Joseph Tavaglione, CA Transportation Commission; Raymond Wolfe, San Bernardino Transportation Authority; Patricia Romo, Riverside County Transportation Dept.


Asm. Jim Frazier celebrates his 60th birthday, serves cupcakes from Famous Creations in Fairfield, “not just ordinary cupcakes,” invites “anyone and everyone;” RSVP “helpful but not necessary.” 11 a.m., Rm. 3091. Contact: Jaytee.Thommen@asm.ca.gov.


“Walk to Thrive,” sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, weekly one-mile walk led by KP Physicians Eduardo Bermudez, Internal Medicine; and Renee Nelson, Family Medicine; route starts and finishes at the Capitol Mall Farmers Market. 11:45 a.m., Kaiser Booth, 6th and Capitol Mall. Contact: kpwalktothrive@kp.org.


Asm. Kevin McCarty visits Grant High School to mark College Signing Day, honors “all graduating seniors who will attend college or a professional training program in the fall.” 12:45 p.m., 1400 Grand Ave. Contact: Eva Maina 916 319 2007.


Asm. Sydney Kamlager-Dove; Chair David Hochschild, California Energy Commission, and others join ribbon-cutting celebration to unveil “the first curbside high-powered electric vehicle charging station in the state of California” at Southside Park, which features six curbside chargers, “including three 50-kilowatt DC fast-chargers capable of delivering up to 90 miles of range in 30 minutes” and “three 150-kilowatt DC fast-chargers capable of delivering up to 150 miles of range in 30 minutes.” 1 p.m., Southside Park, 2115 6th St. Contact: Susan DeVico 415 235 8758.

Also listed: Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen; Tyson Eckerle, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.


WEST SACRAMENTO — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara; Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary; and others present Medals of Valor, “highest honor that California bestows on its public servants,” to 13 state employees for “acts of heroism.” 1:30 p.m., CHP Academy, 3500 Reed Ave. Contact: Andrew LaMar 916 322 6944.

Also listed: Secty. Wade Crowfoot, Natural Resources Agency; Secty. Brian Annis, CA State Transportation Agency; Commissioner Warren Stanley, California Highway Patrol; Dir. Thom Porter, California Dept. of Firestry and Fire Protection; Dir. Laurie Berman, Caltrans; Dir. Eraina Ortega, CalHR; George Mueller, Dept. of Insurance.

Medal recipients here.


Annual National Day of Prayer, sponsored by The Fish, 103.9 FM, Christians pray for observance of John 13:34 “Love one another. Just as I have loved you;” also honor guard presentation by Sacramento Sheriff’s Dept. and Sacramento Police Dept. 2:30 p.m., North Steps. Contact: Vinnie Atkins 916 529 6142.


MILPITAS — Asm. Kansen Chu hosts 5th annual Community Hero Recognition Event, honors constituents who have “dedicated their time and efforts to making the district a better place to live, work and play.” 6 p.m., India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St. Contact: 408 262 2501.

THIRD HOUSE

Recent filings with Secretary of State.

CLIENT ADDITIONS (Lobbying firm, client name, filing date): Axiom Advisors, The Emerald Cup; The Hacienda Company LLC; MM Enterprises USA LLC;  4/26/19… California Strategies & Advocacy, Vanguard Charitable, 4/26/19… Governmental Advocates, MyLife.com Inc., 4/26/19… K Street Consulting, Hookah Chamber of Commerce; US Veterans Business Alliance, 4/26/19… Kidane & Associates, California Financial Service Providers, 4/26/19… Priority Strategies, The Nature Conservancy, 4/26/19… Quintana, Watts & Hartmann, Karuk Tribe; Los Angeles Community College District, 4/26/19… Remcho, Johansen & Purcell, Imperial Irrigation District, 4/25/19… TrattenPrice Consulting, Environmental Defense Action Fund, 4/26/19… Villines Group, Gill Ranch Storage LLC, 4/26/19.

THIRD HOUSE TOP TENS

The deadline for lobbyists and lobbyist employers to file quarterly disclosure statements with the Secretary of State was Tuesday, April 30. Listed below are the top ten lobbying firms by revenue and the top ten lobbyist employers by expenditure for the most recent quarter, Jan. 1 to March 31, according to the Secty. of State’s website as of 5 p.m. yesterday.

Top ten lobbying firms by revenue from Jan. 1 to March 31

  • Capitol Advocacy – $2,066,761.67
  • Lang Hansen O’Malley and Miller Governmental Relations – $1,599,901.56
  • KP Public Affairs – $1,595,145.33
  • Platinum Advisors  – $1,301,801.25
  • California Strategies & Advocacy – $1,284,280.01
  • Shaw/Yoder/Antwih – $1,242,859.87
  • Aaron Read & Associates – $1,183,408.00
  • Townsend Public Affairs – $1,163,769.00
  • Political Solutions – $1,083,669.25
  • Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni – $992,431.64

Top ten lobbyist employers by expenditure from Jan. 1 to March 31

  • Chevron USA, Inc. and affiliates – $2,309,873.67
  • Western States Petroleum Assn. – $1,972,990.62
  • American Civil Liberties Union/Northern California/Southern California/San Diego and Imperial Counties – $1,175,340.73
  • California State Council of Service Employees – $1,031,263.79
  • California Hospital Assn./California Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems – $916,394.10
  • California Teachers Assn. – $746,447.38
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. – $744,201.22
  • California Chamber of Commerce – $719,760.36
  • Contra Costa County – $718,267.44
  • Edison International and affiliates, including Southern California Edison – $679,205.05

POLITICAL NOTES

June Cutter’s campaign for AD 77 reports an endorsement from Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego. Release here. Cutter, a Republican, is an attorney and owns a boutique organizing business. She seeks to defeat Democratic incumbent Asm. Brian Maienschein. Contact: Duane Dichiara 916 997 4784.

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

Friday, May 03, 2019

NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

None scheduled.

THE LEGISLATURE

Senate, Assembly — No Session.

  • EUREKA — Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (Mike McGuire, chair) 11 a.m., Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Dr., Rm. 203. Subject: California’s Fisheries and Wildlife: How Will They Co-Exist With Offshore Wind Energy Development.
    • Listed to testifyNecy Sumait, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Le-Quyen Nguyen, California Energy Commission; Chris Potter, Ocean Protection Council; Kate Huckelbridge, California Coastal Commission; Kevin Banister, Principle Power; Mark Severy, Humboldt State University; Danielle Mills, American Wind Energy Assn.-California; Chet Ogan, Redwood Region Audubon Society; Jennifer Savage, Surfrider Foundation; Sandy Aylesworth, Natural Resources Defense Council; Noah Oppenheim, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations; Harrison Ibach, Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Assn.; Annie Hawkins, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • 7 a.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report

  • 9 a.m.

    Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Cmte. Included Informational Hearing: Balancing Water Needs into the Future – The San Joaquin Valley Example (4.30.19)

  • 7 p.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report

  • 9 p.m.

    Senate Health Committee (5.1.19)

THE GOVERNOR

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

THE DAILY BREAD

LOCATION TBD — James Gallagher for Assembly 2020 (3rd AD), striper fishing, Ticket $2500, 6 a.m. launch from Yuba City, Knights Landing or Colusa depending on season.” Contact: 916 747 2490.

All fishing gear and lunch provided; one-day fishing license provided upon request.


LOS ANGELES — Ash Kalra for Assembly 2020 (27th AD), breakfast reception, Champion $9300, Defender $4700, Advocate $2500, Ticket $1000, 9 a.m., LA County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, 2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd. Contact: 916 551 1470.


CARLSBAD — Tasha Boerner Horvath for Assembly 2020 (76th AD), GoKart racing and cocktails, $4700 (3 guests GoKarts and reception), $3000 (2 guests GoKarts and reception), $2000 (one GoKart and reception), $1000 reception only, Ticket $250, 3 p.m., K1 Speedway, 6212 Corte Del Abeto. Contact: 619 239 1721.

Reception follows at 5:30 p.m., Carruth Cellars Urban Winery, 2727 State St., #110.


SATURDAY, CORONA — Sabrina Cervantes for Assembly 2020 (60th AD), campaign kickoff reception, Sponsor $1000, Supporter $250, Friend $100, Ticket $60, 2 p.m., Casillas Family home, on Bougainvillea Circle. Contact: mona.sanchez.CA@gmail.com.


SATURDAY, PALOMA — (John) Garamendi for Congress (CD 3), annual Basque BBQ, PAC $5000, Platinum $2700, Gold $1000, Blue $500, Ticket $45, Kids under 10 and seniors 80 and older free, 3:30 p.m., Touch the Earth Ranch, Address upon RSVP. Contact: 916 863 6881 or www.garamendi.org/bbq.

Music performance by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.


SUNDAY, MENLO PARK — Josh Becker for Senate 2020 (27th SD), reception, Co-Host $2500, Friend $1000, Supporter $500, Guest $250, Ticket $100, 2 p.m., Address upon RSVP. Contact: 415 992 2967.

Later, “musical party” with performance by the People Power Band, Co-Host $2500, Friend $1000, Supporter $500, Guest $250, Ticket $100, 6 p.m., Address upon RSVP, Palo Alto.

STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

WALNUT GROVE — Delta Independent Science Board considers providing $932,103 for a “multi-hazard levee risk assessment” that would analyze the dangers of Delta levee failures due to floods, sea level rise and earthquakes to help “ensure wise investments and effective threat mitigation Delta-wide;” other business. 9 a.m., Jean Harvie Community Center Auditorium, 14273 River Rd. Contact: 916 445 5511.

Agenda here.

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, ETC.

Child Welfare Policy Roundtable, sponsored by Assembly Foster Care Select Committee and Children Now, panel of social service providers and foster youth advocates discuss “meeting the needs of transition-age youth,” ages 14-26. 10 a.m., Rm. 317. Contact: Susanna Kniffen 916 379 5256 ext. 124.

Listed speakers: Zoe Larson and Jazzmyn Clark, Youth Engagement Project; Sean Hughes, iFoster; Debbie Raucher, John Burton Advocates for Youth; Ginni Bella Navarre, Legislative Analyst’s Office; Lauren Grayman, First Place for Youth.

MISCELLANEOUS

MODESTO — Asm. Heath Flora joins Central Valley Legislators Roundtable hosted by Stanislaus Community Foundation, discusses legislation; participants also discuss “bolstering healthcare careers in the Central Valley.” Noon, 100 Sycamore Ave., Ste. 200. Contact: Dylan Gray, dylan.gray@asm.ca.gov.


SATURDAY, WILDOMAR — Sen. Jeff Stone hosts his fourth annual Veteran Service Awards, honors 10 veterans from his district who were nominated based on their military service and service in the community. 9 a.m., The Corporate Room, 34846 Monte Vista Dr. Contact: John Hunneman 951 894 3530.

Similar event at 1 p.m., VFW Post 1534, 1 Club House Dr., Desert Hot Springs.

“Invitation only.”


SATURDAY, GARDENA — Asm. Al Muratsuchi gives remarks at Gardena’s Cinco de Mayo Parade, which features “mariachis, food, folklorico dancing,” etc. 10 a.m., Gardena Blvd. and New Hampshire Ave. Contact: Kerry Jacob 310 806 0893.

Later in Torrance, Muratsuchi attends Torrance Education Foundation Gala, 5 p.m., Torrance DoubleTree Hotel, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd.


SATURDAY, BERKELEY — “Suds, Snacks and Socialism,” sponsored by Peace and Freedom Party’s Alameda County Chapter, participants discuss 50th anniversary of the People’s Park in Berkeley and UC Berkeley’s “new plan to destroy it,” highlight its history and “the continuing struggle to preserve it as a community-run space.” 2:30 p.m., Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave. Contact: 510 465 9414.

WEEKENDS AT THE CAPITOL

SATURDAY, Great Strides 5k, walk to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, route includes a rest stop along Capitol Park loop. 10 a.m., Departs from Crocker Park, 211 O St. Contact: sacramento@cff.org.

Details here.