The speaker line-up was announced today for this weekend’s California Democratic Convention, set for the Los Angeles Convention Center, and all the major state players will be there, apparently except Sen. Dianne Feinstein (again), who’s not up for reelection until 2012.
As she has for the past few years, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who started her political career by volunteering for the California Democratic Party (“CDP”), will kick-off the heart of Saturday’s lengthy agenda, to be followed by Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for reelection this November.
The speaker line-up for Saturday morning’s General Session is:
- CDP Chairman John Burton
- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
- U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
- Secretary of State Debra Bowen
- California Controller John Chiang
- Treasurer Bill Lockyer
- Attorney General Jerry Brown
- Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee
- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
- CDP Controller Hilary Crosby
The lunch speaker is Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, and the dinner speaker is Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President.
Speakers scheduled for Sunday’s General Session include:
- Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack Oâ€™Connell
- Senate Assembly Speaker John PÃ©rez
- California Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg
Attendees to Convention sessions must either be an elected or appointed delegate, a member of the approved press pool, or a registered observer.
However, all registered California Democrats can attend the various caucuses. (And everyone knows that the caucuses are where the real fireworks and coalition-building occur…) Look here tomorrow for a listing of caucus meeting times and known speakers.
(Preview: UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, author of Don’t Think of An Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, will be speaking at the Progressive Caucus, set for 4-6 pm on Saturday.)
I’ll be covering the convention here at TheLiberalOC.com and at About.com/New York Times Company both as an elected delegate from Assembly District #72 and as a member of the press. Look here daily, or more often, for updates and reports.
Come by and see me. I can usually be found on the convention floor press platform, but will also be with my fellow A.D. #72 delegates from North Orange County.