With primary season behind them, the California Democratic Party is meeting this weekend to make a game plan for November. Around 300 state party delegates will attend the Executive Board meeting in Long Beach this weekend.
The top items of business will be to elect 475 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention at the end of July and discuss endorsing ballot initatives. While the party has supported a handful of ballot initatives already, they have thus far been silent on controversial measures on medication price regulations and the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount. Caucuses and standing committees will convene throughout the weekend.
“We are working on getting people focused on the work ahead: defeating Donald Trump,” party spokesman Michael Soller said.
GIRL POWER: The Capitol Network, a nonprofit organization that provides networking and support to women working in and around the Capitol, is hosting its third annual Chiefs of Staff Luncheon today at 11:30 a.m. The lunch is for members only, and is sold out. The purpose is to celebrate and give members the opportunity to learn from female chiefs of staff in the Legislature. Honorary Capitol Network board member Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Marina Del Rey, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and fourteen other legislators are listed as attending.
FATHER’S DAY REUNIONS: Children of inmates will get to visit their fathers this morning at San Quentin State Prison for an early Father’s Day celebration. The joint effort between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Los Angeles-based Center for Restorative Justice Works will bus the kids and their caretakers to visit their incarcerated parents for a full day of face painting, games and family time. Afterwards, the children receive teddy bears and letters written by their fathers to read on the bus ride home.
THE PRESIDENT IS COMING, THE PRESIDENT IS COMING: Speaking of Father’s Day, President Barack Obama and his family will be spending the holiday weekend in Yosemite. Obama will arrive Friday evening. His visit coincides with the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, as well as a federal investigation into the department. For those non-presidential fathers who might like to venture into the great outdoors, park officials warn that traffic jams, a lack of parking, full camping reservations, and climbing route closures may spoil weekend plans.