The Republican National Convention is all but ordinary this year.
Instead of Republican Pete Wilson, the speaker Tuesday for the California delegation was Shirley Husar, an enthusiastic entrepreneur who proudly announced that Donald Trump won all 172 possible state delegates. Other top GOP ambassadors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, have also been absent this week, while the majority of state delegates are attending their first-ever convention.
As Trump secured the party nomination, norovirus quickly spread among the California contingent at its hotel 60 miles from the convention, leaving organizers dolling out hand sanitizer and warning attendees not to share food or shake hands.
Today the 172-member delegation expects a visit from Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault, director of African-American outreach for the Trump campaign. Stay tuned as Bee reporters David Siders and Christopher Cadelago continue to pump out dispatches from Cleveland.
TOWN HALL: SEIU Local 1000 is gathering in Sacramento today for a town hall meeting centered on contract negotiations. The union, which represents some 95,000 state employees, has been bargaining with the state since April. If recent happenings are any indication, members may also have a couple questions about a $143,000 stipend the board of directors approved for the top brass late last month. The town hall begins with a dinner at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at Capitol Plaza, followed by a three-hour program from 6 to 9 p.m.
FUTURE LEADERS: With the Legislature still in recess, about 120 high school juniors and seniors will fill their seats in mock floor sessions and committee hearings during the 34th annual Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Capitol Day. The students, who hail from all over the state, will hold a press conference alongside Assembly Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, to promote key pieces of legislation at 10:30 a.m. on the north steps. The day concludes with a dinner at 5 p.m., followed by salsa and bachata dance lessons at the same location.