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The Sacramento Press Club is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists through college scholarships. In addition, the Sacramento Press Club is committed to informing and educating its members and the public through monthly luncheons featuring news makers from throughout the nation.

June SPC Events

  • June 4, 2019 Book reading with author and journalist Mark Arax

  • June 18, 2019 Luncheon - Can California solve wildfire season?

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June 18, 2019: Can California solve wildfire season?

Scholarship Honorees

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning Santa Rosa Press Democrat executive editor Catherine Barnett and Rick Silva, editor of The Paradise Post, as they discuss options to address the "new normal" of California wildfires with the state's leading policymakers. On the eve of fire season, our panelists will discuss what the role of the state, utilities, landowners and others should be in combating the fires that have ravaged California. 

Michael Picker is President of the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to his appointment by Gov. Brown, Picker was senior adviser for renewable energy to the governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, deputy treasurer in the California State Treasurer's Office from 1998 to 1999, chief of staff to former Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and deputy assistant for toxic substance control in the governor's office from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014.

Rich Gordon is president and CEO of the California Forestry Association, the statewide trade association that consists of forest owners, forest products producers and forestry professionals. He recently completed three terms in the California Assembly, where he served in leadership and successfully carried legislation supporting sustainable forestry. He also served as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, during which time he sat on the board of directors of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). Gordon was president of CSAC in 2008. He has extensive nonprofit experience and was the founder of Youth and Family Assistance, an agency in San Mateo County serving at-risk youth.
Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) represents wildfire-scarred Napa and Sonoma counties. He co-chaired the 2018 conference committee on wildfire safety and prevention and authored numerous bills that were signed into law to protect Californians from future infernos and accompanying utility rate hikes. Before the Senate, Dodd represented the 4th Assembly District and served on the Napa County Board of Supervisors for 14 years. Prior to his time in elected office, Dodd owned and operated one of the largest full-service Culligan Water operations in California, and served as president of the water quality industry’s state and national trade associations. 

Assemblywoman Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) served on the conference committee on Senate Bill 901 to address wildfire preparedness and response last year, quickly winning respect for her work on the issue. She also introduced legislation this year to help inmate firefighters begin a career in the field after they are freed, hoping to ease the restrictions that have traditionally locked ex-offenders out of the profession. Reyes was elected to the Legislature in 2016 after serving as co-founder of the Inland Empire Community Health Center. She was the first Latina to open a law firm in the Inland Empire. 

Thank you to our sponsor, the California Forestry Association.

About the event
 June 18, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, 1231 I St.
Tickets: $29/member, $40/non-member

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June 4, 2019: Conversation with Author and Journalist Mark Arax

Please join author and journalist Mark Arax in a conversation about his new book, “The Dreamt Land, Chasing water and dust across California,” in an event hosted by the Sacramento Press Club at the State Library, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, from 5-6 p.m. on June 4, 2019.

A child of Fresno in the heart of the Central Valley, Mark brings his strong voice and deep insight to tell the story of California water, providing rich descriptions of many of the most important players. “The Dreamt Land,” published by Alfred A. Knopf, is part memoir, part investigative report, part of history and part current events. 

“The Dreamt Land is the book Mark Arax was born to write," said David Ulin, former book review editor of the Los Angeles Times. "Nuanced, deeply researched, and profoundly personal, it offers, through its history of agriculture in California, a deep dive into the soul of the state.”

Press club members will receive a discount on the purchase price of“The Dreamt Land” at the event from Avid Reader on Broadway.
About the Reading
When: June 4, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: California State Library
Library and Courts Building
914 Capitol Mall
Room 500



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