Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Cocktails, Naughty By Nature flow at back-to-session bash

Coolio performs at the 2014 back-to-session bash.
Coolio performs at the 2014 back-to-session bash.

Calling all lawmakers to the dance floor! It’s time again for the California Tribal Business Alliance’s back-to-session bash.

The massive annual party, sponsored by special interest groups such as the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the California Building Industry Association, gambling machine manufacturer IGT, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, allows lobbyists to rub shoulders with legislators and their staffers amid glitzy trappings like a cigar cabana, Scotch tastings and a Korean taco bar.

But the bash is perhaps best known for its star-powered musical performances. You down with raunchy ‘90s rap groups? Naughty By Nature is this year’s special guest. (Last year, then-Assemblymen Steven Bradford and Isadore Hall rocked out with Coolio, an image Capitol Alert hopes we all never forget.)

The exclusive, invitation-only event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight at The Park on 15th Street.

VIDEO: California’s education system is undergoing major changes, which has complicated school accountability efforts, Dan Walters says.

BUDGET BUSINESS: The Assembly Budget Committee holds its first hearing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 budget, 10:30 a.m. in Room 4202 of the Capitol.

HORSING AROUND: Should racing horses who continually post poor results be allowed to compete in California or is that unfair to the betting public? The California Horse Racing Board will discuss whether to develop a new policy on prohibiting poorly-performing horses during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Santa Anita Park Race Track in Arcadia.

CHARITY CASE: Attorney General Kamala Harris has until next month to approve the controversial sale of the nonprofit Daughters of Charity hospital system to the for-profit Prime Healthcare Services. While several major unions and dozens of Democratic lawmakers oppose the deal over concerns that Prime would cut service for low-income patients, as well as workers’ pay and benefits, the California Nurses Association has been lobbying heavily to keep the sale alive. The nurses will be at the Capitol at 11 a.m. calling on legislators to support the deal.

FEELING CENTERED: The UC Center Sacramento speaker series returns for its winter session with Karen Chapple, a professor of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley, who will discuss the tension between sustainable growth and opportunities for low-income residents in California’s strongest markets, noon at the center on K Street.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, who turns 47 today.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.