I went to a Democratic Convention and a Party broke out! Many of them.
The goal was simple for Shane Brinton and I at this year’s Democratic State Convention. We were going, to the best of our ability, not have to pay for a meal. How can that be done? With all the hosted receptions and invited get together and party events, we were going to try. (We were avoiding the big dollar dinners that were being held.) We traveled down to Sacramento and were at the State Convention center around 12:30 Friday afternoon. After the last caucus I attended was over at about 10pm, Shane and I went to the following events:
“SpeakerStein Palooza” Hosted by Hon. Darrell Steinberg & Karen Bass
“Pink Friday Dessert” Hosted by CTA
“Savory Suite” Hosted by Sactown Democratic Party
“58 County Party” Hosted by John Burton & Eric Bauman
“Apple Pie and Ice Cream” Hosted by Hon. Tom Torlakson
Free food, music and booze! What a combo. We got back to our motel (Po Dunk Inn, I mean the La Quinta) way late.
In the morning we were able to score a free breakfast, but we had to be in down town Sac by 7:30am. We made it and it was good. Then we had another full day of Politics. I saw former Humboldt County resident and HCDCC member Debbie Israel and we took in a free lunch hosted by 50th District Assemblyman Hector De La Torre. Debbie is working at the Shasta Lake City planning department and was at the State Convention as a volunteer.
On Saturday evening Shane and I had an invitation from Jerry Brown at the Governors Mansion. Free Bud by bottle or tap! I had a goal of getting a picture with Jerry, but he was crowded by people. Chris Kerrigan grabbed my camera and shoved me forward into the fray, and I got my picture. After I drained the party of much beer, we ended up at the Broiler downtown and broke down and paid for a meal.
Then it was off to Gavin Newsome’s block party in Mid Sactown with Mayor Kevin Johnson and Wyclef Jean performing. The music was great. Wyclef played a full set. One thing that disappointed was the $8 drink price. No thanks, I stayed dry.
We ended up the day into the next morning actually. Not much sleep again. But we made it in time for the General Session and the havoc on the floor. More on that as I try to sum it up later.