Capitol Alert

Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Monday

Presidential debate watch parties

Though it’s taking place nearly 3,000 miles away, there is no bigger political story today than the first presidential debate. Airing live from Hofstra University in New York at 6 p.m. PDT on all the major broadcast and cable news networks, the opening clash between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump is the ultimate must-see TV. Sacramentans have an added incentive to tune in: “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, who grew up in Rancho Cordova and attended Sacramento State, is moderating. Partisans from both parties have scheduled debate-watching events. Republicans of River City are meeting at Cordova Casino Lodge, 2801 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova. Those wishing to attend should call Carl Burton, 916-485-5741. Democrats plan to watch together at Mango’s, 1930 K St., in Sacramento. RSVP at A bipartisan watch party with post-debate discussion is slated for the University of Southern California School of Public Policy, 1800 I St., Sacramento. Attendees should register at

Psychotropic drug hearing

Damning news coverage about the widespread use of psychotropic medication in California’s foster care system and a scathing audit on the lack of state oversight into the appropriateness of these prescriptions vaulted the long-overlooked issue into the Capitol. Over the past two years, legislators passed a series of laws designed to curb the overuse of mind-altering drugs that can cause obesity and tremors while failing to address the underlying traumas of vulnerable children. The Senate Human Services Committee and the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services will jointly hold a follow-up hearing to discuss the problems uncovered by the audit and possible solutions at 1 p.m. in Room 3191 of the Capitol.

Things to do

▪ The Addicts Comedy Tour – featuring recovering addicts/comedians Mark Lundholm and Kurtis Matthews – comes to the Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, at 7:30. Tickets are $20.