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March 21, 2018: Attorney General Debate

Public safety and law enforcement. Immigration and California’s sanctuary state status. Environmental protection. Consumer protection. California’s response to Trump Administration policies. These are just some of the issues on the docket for the next California attorney general. Join the Sacramento Press Club Wednesday, March 21 for a debate between candidates who will appear on the June statewide primary ballot. UC Davis spokeswoman and journalist Pamela Wu will moderate the debate, with a panel of journalists asking questions of the candidates. 

Steven Bailey is a Republican and former elected Superior Court judge in El Dorado County, where he was mainly assigned to criminal, civil, probate, and juvenile delinquency cases. In his private practice, he handled criminal and administrative law for 19 years. Bailey is also a former director of legislation for the California Department of Social Services and staffer in the Assembly and Senate.

(Invited) Xavier Becerra is a Democrat and current California Attorney General. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed him in 2017 to fill the term vacated by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D). He served as a member of Congress for more than 20 years, and was a California Assembly member for two years. Becerra also worked as a deputy attorney general under former California AG John Van de Kamp.

Eric Early is a Republican and an attorney with Early, Sullivan, Wright, Gizer & McRae LLP in Los Angeles. He regularly litigates complex business matters involving the entertainment and real estate industries. Before attending law school, Early worked in the film industry as a director, producer and writer.   

Dave Jones is a Democrat and current California Insurance Commissioner. Before his election to statewide office, Jones served as a member of the California Assembly and the Sacramento City Council. Jones was a special assistant to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno (D), and previously worked as a legal aid attorney.


Feb. 20, 2018: Rep. Adam Schiff

As the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D) is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump (R) and a key leader of the Democrats’ push for a congressional investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Schiff faulted House Republicans for flouting investigative best practices and undermining Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“These attacks are a clear effort to lay the groundwork for a rejection of Mr. Mueller’s findings,” Schiff said. “They do lasting damage to the institutions of our democracy.”

A former federal prosecutor and state senator, Schiff is also focused on public safety, job creation, the environment, and mass transit. He co-founded the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press in 2006. The caucus aims to advance press freedom by creating a forum to combat and condemn media censorship and the persecution of journalists around the world.

Schiff is serving his ninth term representing the 28th Congressional District, which stretches from West Hollywood to Pasadena, and from Echo Park to Angeles National Forest.  He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

January 8, 2018: Aspiration.com Co-Founder Joseph Sanberg

Joseph Sanberg is a politically active Los Angeles investor and entrepreneur. He co-founded Aspiration.com, a financial services firm that offers socially responsible mutual funds and interest-bearing checking accounts with optional fees to promote middle-class investment and financial security. He also started the Golden State Opportunity Foundation in 2015 to promote a new state-level earned income tax credit for low-income people. Through the foundation, the CalEITC4me program has taken on statewide outreach to help families eligible for the credit claim their part of the $2 billion available. Testing his political reach, Sanberg launched a digital ad campaign in September promoting CalEITC4me and announced plans to start a federal political action committee to support candidates aligned with his priorities. Will he run for U.S. Senate or other elected office in California?

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