California has been good to Hillary Clinton this election cycle.
The frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination collected $13.3 million in contributions from the Golden State during the first nine months of the year, more than half of the $25 million given by individual donors. They kicked in another $9.3 million to a super PAC allied with her campaign.
Unsurprisingly, most of it comes from reliably Democratic bastions in Los Angeles and the Bay Area; at the top was Beverly Hills, whose residents gave Clinton nearly $350,000 in the first three quarters. The Sacramento area, by comparison, where presidential contenders make infrequent visits, only accounted for about 2 percent of the statewide total for all candidates.
But Clinton, who leads rival Bernie Sanders by 12 points among California’s likely Democratic voters, will make the rare stop here today for a $2,700-per-person lunch fundraiser at the home of Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, hosted by his daughter Eleni Kounalakis, a former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary.
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Clinton will then continue south for two days of fundraisers with Silicon Valley and Hollywood hotshots, including YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, pop star Christina Aguilera and director Rob Reiner.
SUIT UP: Prisoner lawsuits are behind some of the biggest changes in California’s penal system, including the massive restructuring known as realignment, which was spurred by a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overcrowded California prisons violated inmates’ constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Judges, lawyers, corrections officials and court staff are meeting in Sacramento this week for a first-of-its-kind conference on how to more effectively manage inmate litigation in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions. (Nearly a third of new civil cases and half of new civil appeals in 2014 were brought by prisoners.) Gov. Jerry Brown, named as the defendant in the realignment lawsuit, will address attendees at 5:30 p.m. at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse on I Street.
STRIKE OUT: The California Faculty Association, which represents professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and academic coaches in the California State University system, will announce the results of its strike authorization vote, 10 a.m. at San Jose State University. The faculty association is currently is dispute with the university over the terms of its contract; the union is seeking a 5 percent compensation hike for its members, far more than the 2 percent raise offered to all CSU employees this year. While the faculty point out their salaries have not kept up with inflation, university officials argue the proposal would take up too much of the state budget increase allocated to CSU in June.
SCALE DOWN: Last November, nearly 60 percent of California voters approved Proposition 47, reducing from felonies to misdemeanors several nonviolent drug and property crimes. While the law helped push the state’s overcrowded prisons below court-ordered capacity levels a full year ahead of schedule, the public safety impacts are still unclear. Some cops report that repeat offenders are getting savvy about the limits of the law, while many prosecutors lament that it has decimated California’s drug courts. On the first anniversary of Proposition 47’s passage, supporters are gathering at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles for a daylong summit to discuss what they see as the law’s successes and explore further sentencing changes that could be made. Among those scheduled to participate are San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who coauthored the measure, and B. Wayne Hughes Jr., who gave more than $1 million to the campaign.
STEP IN: For the past three days, student representatives from across the state have been meeting as part of the California Association of Student Councils’ Student Advisory Board on Education, identifying problems in the school system and brainstorming solutions. (A handful of Chinese delegates observed this year and will bring the process home.) They will present their proposals to the State Board of Education, 8:30 a.m. at the California Department of Education on N Street. Last year’s participants addressed the high school exit exam, technology learning standards and school evaluations, among other issues.