California Democrats to Gather in Los Angeles, March 7-9, for 2014 State Convention

CA Governor Jerry Brown
California Governor Jerry Brown at the 2012 CA State Democratic Convention

The California Democratic Party will hold its annual convention this week, March 7-9 in Los Angeles at the Convention Center and Westin Bonaventure hotel. The event will be the largest gathering of Democrats in California this election year as delegates finalize statewide, congressional and legislative endorsements as well as adopt the 2014 Party platform. Yours truly will be there, camera in hand, ready to document anything worthwhile or newsworthy seen, said or done.

Convention delegates and observers will be hearing from Governor Jerry Brown, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as statewide Democratic officials and Legislative leaders. So it is a good bet that there will be something to report. Others scheduled to speak include, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, CDP Chairman John Burton (always good for a colorful quote or two), Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Controller John Chiang, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Houston Mayor Annise Parker will also address the delegation while Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will headline the Convention Luncheon and Dinner sessions respectively. I may have to see if I can get some time with my fellow Marylander Governor O’Malley. I would like to know how the crab is expected to be this year. Maryland Blue Crab are about the best you will find anywhere. Hmmm….there’s an idea….replace the Redskins team name. After all, they don’t actually play in Washington, so why not call them the Maryland Blue Crabs. Never mind. Not a good idea. My family would certainly disown me.

Delegates will be addressed by Governor Brown on Saturday.

I used to go to these things as a delegate and county party chair, but in the past few years I have forsaken politics and have decided to "press on" (Philippians 3:14) toward higher things. Much higher things. Don’t for a minute think that means I’ve turned toward another party. It does not. I am a registered Democrat, but not a fan of either or any political party.

For the few who might care about what is going on at the Convention this weekend I am including a link to the full schedule:

Thanks for reading. Will you be at the convention? Comments are always appreciated.