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Governmental Affairs Day

21st Annual Governmental Affairs Day

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by

LA Times Logo Transparent
California Black Media
First Amendment Coalition

Join us in Sacramento for the 21st Annual Governmental Affairs Day and a chance to hear from California legislative leaders. You will have an opportunity to speak with them, ask questions and mingle at the end of day legislative reception.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Legislative Speakers
Sacramento Convention Center – Room 202
1400 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814

9-10 a.m. — Registration Opens

10:15-10:45 a.m. — President pro Tem-Elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

10:45-11:15 a.m. — Assemblyman Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee

11:15-11:45 a.m. — Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley)

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)

12:30-1:30 p.m. — Buffet Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. — Keynote Panel: Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor, politics, Los Angeles Times, will lead a discussion on the perspectives of seasoned lobbyists on what makes an effective lobbyist, how the media affects their work and several other related topics.
Mike Belote, California Advocates
Jennifer Fearing, President, Fearless Advocacy, Inc.
Adam Keigwin, Mercury Public Affairs
Paula Treat, Lobbyist/Consultant

Legislative Appointments
The Capitol Building

3-5 p.m. — Schedule individual meetings with your local district Assembly members and Senators or other key legislators about important issues in your home town and California.

Legislative Reception
The Capitol Building
Basement Rotunda

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Mix and mingle with California legislators and their chief staff at a reception in the basement of the Capitol Building. We will serve beer and wine at the bar with plenty of heavy appetizers. Governor Jerry Brown is invited.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

CNPA Quarterly Meeting
The Citizen Hotel
926 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814

8 a.m.-4 p.m. — All members are invited to participate at the CNPA Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting. Please register to attend. Cost is $49/person and includes continental breakfast and lunch.


Registration is available to CNPA Members and students as well as sponsor guests and invited participants.

Cost is $59/person and includes Governmental Affairs Day buffet luncheon at the Sacramento Convention Center, appointment setting with your local legislators in the Capitol Building and admission to the Legislative Reception in the Capitol Basement Rotunda.

Members and guests are encouraged to sponsor student attendee registrations for local high school and college student journalists who may wish to also attend the event in Sacramento. Students are invited to come with their teachers and/or professors as a learning experience to attend a conference and report on the event to their school papers.

“Reception Only” tickets may be purchased for $20 by members and/or guests who will only attend the reception that evening.

Separate registration is additionally required for members attending the CNPA Quarterly Board Meeting on Thursday, February 22 at $49/person for continental breakfast and lunch.

Please contact Renée Smith for more information.

2018 G.A. Day Registration
Member Registration — $59
Sponsored Student Registration — $59
Legislative Reception (only) — $20

Hotel & Accommodations
The hotel block is now closed. Contact Renée Smith if you need a room.

The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection
926 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: Noon

Valet parking is offered at $28/day; additional city lots are available nearby.

CNPA Quarterly Meeting

All CNPA Members are invited to join the CNPA Board of Directors at The Citizen Hotel for the CNPA 2018 Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Please register to attend the CNPA Quarterly Meeting.