FALL 05 Edition
BACK TO COLLEGE NIGHT KICKS
OFF FESTIVE FALL SEASON!
he second annual CSS Back to College Night on
T September 28 was a very popular event, with the crowd
filling the entire Rayburn Cafeteria with various hues
of Blue, Gold, Cardinal, Silver, Green, and Scarlet! Over 35
California schools were highlighted, and it was wonderful
to have local campus representatives from all over California
welcoming alums and future graduate students to learn
more about the great institutions of higher
ed in the Golden State.
Joining in the festivities were
Representatives Ed Royce (CSS Chair),
Hilda Solis, Diane Watson, Linda and (above) Reps. Ed Royce,
Loretta Sanchez, Mike Thompson, Duke Hilda Solis, Linda
Sanchez, and Loretta
Cunningham and Vern Ehlers (a proud
Sanchez all agree that
Berkeley alum). Congratulations to the California universities
event organizers from CSU: Jim Gelb are the best!
(event chair) and Lauren Jenkins, UCDC:
Jennifer Poulakidas and Brigitte Donner,
USC: Jennifer Grodsky and Ann Lee, and
Rep. Ed Royce is a proud Jim Gelb (CSU), former Rep. Steve Kuykendall, and
FIDM: Norine Fuller and Gillian Hollar.
CSU Fullerton Titan Alum! Bob Cochran (McKeon) enjoy the festivities!
A NOTE FROM OUTGOING CSS PRESIDENT, BOB COCHRAN
Dear California State Society Members, After six years as President, it is time for me to step down and turn over
Photo by Olivia Morgan
the leadership of the California State Society to someone who will continue
I have truly enjoyed serving as your
some of the old traditions and bring in new ones. Linda Ulrich, Deputy
President and helping build the California
Chief of Staff to Congressman Ken Calvert, has accepted this challenge.
State Society into an organization that
Linda has been involved in CSS longer than I have and has been an active
promotes the State of California here in
member in organizing many of our events. She is ready to provide quality
Washington, DC. We have increased the
leadership to a great organization.
number of events we sponsor throughout
the years, along with increasing our individual Thank you again for allowing me this opportunity to serve as your
and corporate membership. This has enabled President. It has been a great experience for me to meet and work with
Outgoing CSS President, Bob us to put on quality events like the Inaugural my fellow Californians, developing many new friendships as a result. Our
Cochran (McKeon) with Incoming Luncheon and Fashion Show in January 2001 success as an organization has been a team effort, and so I say thanks to
President, Linda Ulrich (Calvert) and January 2005, Oscar Night in February everyone who has volunteered their time on behalf of CSS. Your efforts
2004, and our annual events that we traditionally hold; including the are appreciated.
Golden State Roundtable Luncheons, Cherry Blossom Princess Reception,
Summer Picnic, Back to College Night, Holiday Party, and many more.
Bob Cochran, President
Let’s just say the California State Society has a lot to offer its membership!!!
THE CALITONIAN The California State Society Newsletter
CHRIS MATTHEWS TOSSES HARD BALLS AT
hris Matthews, host of the political
C television show “Hardball” on MSNBC
entertained at the most recent Golden State
Roundtable luncheon on September 27, 2005,
providing his take on many aspects of current
political events. Mr. Matthews, introduced by
State Society Chair Rep. Ed Royce as someone
who influences politics and “plays an enormous
role in shaping the debate, predicted that the
upcoming race for California Governor in 2006
will be among the most exciting in the country.
Mr. Matthews shared his expertise on topics
such as future contenders for the presidency in
2008, the Iraq war, and the race for California Chris Matthews (center) is flanked by (L to R) former Congressman Bill Lowery, Congressman Buck McKeon,
Governor in 2006. Congressman Jerry Lewis and CSS Chair, Congressman Ed Royce.
WINE AUCTION NETS OVER $100 K FOR KATRINA RELIEF!
he California State Society joined with the
T Congressional Wine Caucus, chaired by
Congressmen George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) and
Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) to host what is expected
to become the first “annual” Washington Wine Auction
to raise money for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief
Fund. When the dust had settled, the live auction
completed, and Charles Jefferson had emptied
his living room of boxes of wine, the final tally
raised at this one event was $112,000! The
Wine Institute and the Napa Valley Vintners
provided much of the wine and auction items,
famed auctioneer Fritz Hatton did the honors,
and Charlie Palmer’s Steak catered the event.
The setting atop the Carpenter’s Building at 101
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Constitution Avenue on a picture perfect evening over-
looking the Capitol was incomparable. Joining the
oenophiles were the Caucus co-chairs, plus Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi (bidding on Plumpjack, naturally!),
and the Congressman from Modesto Dennis Cardoza.
★ Moving On: Scott McGee, personal assistant to Senator
Dianne Feinstein for the past few years, has moved on to the
private sector, joining Tom Walters and Associates. Scott will
be greatly missed in the Senator’s office where he has been
a stalwart. He was given a send-off at the Cap City Brewery
by the Feinstein crew.
CALITONIANS AND WASHIFORNIANS ★ On Assignment: Welcome back to DC Al Donner. A former
Washington correspondent for the Sacramento Union, Al is on
assignment in Washington with the Fish and Wildlife Service
for a month. He is also spending time with his daughter, and
second generation CSS member Brigitte Donner (UCDC).
★ Berkeley in DC: Bruce Cain, UCDC Director, brought UC
★ Newly Wed: Kimberly Miller, a former deputy director
Berkeley’s famed Institute for Governmental Studies to
for Governor Davis’ Washington office is now married and is
Washington for a day long discussion of the then pending
now Kimberly Miller Davis (no relation to the former Gov!).
initiatives on the California ballot. Joining Bruce on the
Mrs. Davis works in DC for Pfizer.
program were Dan Weintraub (Sac Bee), Ken Khachigian
(political consultant extraordinaire), Garry South (also ★ More Nuptials: Jason Larrabee (Doolittle) is honey-
political consultant extraordinaire), Sherry Bebitch Jeffe mooning in Africa with his new bride, Jill Cernok (Kyl).
(the quotable one herself!), former State Senator Jim Brulte Jason wanted all “Washington Types” to know he would
(a visiting professor at UCLA!) and the keynoter, former be out until December 1 – so now you know!
Governor Gray Davis!
★ A Really NEW Member: Join us in welcoming Zachary
★ Marathoners: Congratulations to the California William Singerman to the CSS ranks! Zachary was born on
marathoners who successfully completed the grueling 26 April 30 to CSS Board member Laurie Saroff. He is healthy and
mile race. In Washington’s Marine Corps Marathon the finishers growing; Mom says he’s now leaning toward surfing over
included Cong. Jane Harman (El Segundo). And successfully skateboarding, hang gliding, or rock climbing. A born Californian!
completing the Dublin (Ireland) Marathon – better known as
the 26 mile pub crawl – was CSS Board member John
★ Calitonian ‘Skins: Perhaps one reason the ‘Skins are
struggling is the paucity of Californians on the team – two!
McCamman. Congratulations to all others who made the
They are Ryan Boschetti, a defensive tackle from UCLA, and
run! Plans are now underway for a CSS Mini-marathon on
Omar Stoutmire, a safety from Fresno State. Manuel White,
a halfback from UCLA, is on the injured reserve list. BTW,
★ Literature Corner: The Calitonian will plan to review the Washington Wizards (basketball) and Washington
the new novel by our very own Senator Barbara Boxer in a Capitals (hockey) have NO Californians!
future edition. In the meantime, look for “A Time to Run” in
your local bookstore, just in time for holiday giving! Word is
★ Who is This? The Calitonian is always on the lookout for
local vanity plates proclaiming their Golden State pride!
that it is not about running a marathon!
Spotted on the streets of DC: 1CA GIRL.
★ Hart to Hart: After a couple of months of renovation,
the Boxer crew is back in their permanent digs at 112 Hart
Building. During the interim, they were camped out in the FIRST CSS BASEBALL NIGHT AT
Russell Courtyard, which featured state-of-the-art trailers, an RFK – BARRY BONDS DELIVERS!
outdoor meeting room, and proximity to the haute cuisine of
he CSS took us out to the ballgame on September 20
the Russell Building's Cups Café! This moving experience
was made much easier by the hard work of Susan Cierlitsky
T to see the San Francisco Giants play the Washington
Nationals at RFK Stadium. The Giants had just activated their
and Lane Giardina, and, of course, the interns...
superstar Barry Bonds, and he responded with a towering
★ Golden State at the National Cathedral: Sunday, home run to the upper deck in right field! The interest was
January 29, has been set as California Day at the National terrific, and plans are underway already for next season!
Cathedral. A prelude will begin at 10:30, followed by a service Thanks to John McCamman for organizing the event! The
featuring choirs and presentations by Californians at 11 a.m. Dodgers will be here next May, and the Padres and Giants in
More information from the National Cathedral Association, July. Let us know which games you would like us to attend
or the WNC web site. as a group.
THE CALITONIAN The California State Society Newsletter
PLAN NOW FOR GALA YEAR END IN MEMORIAM: CONGRESSMAN ED ROYBAL
The State Society expresses its great sorrow in the passing of
RECEPTION AT THE GARDENS! Ed Roybal, a Member of the Congressional Delegation for thirty
years, and an elected official in Los Angeles for a decade prior
he Annual California State Society Year End Reception,
T chaired by Laurie Saroff (Boxer), will be held once again
in the fabulous U.S. Botanic Gardens at the foot of
to coming to Congress. Delegation Chair David Dreier (R-San
Dimas) attended the memorial service, presented a flag on
Capitol Hill. It will be festively decorated for the Holidays, and a behalf of Congress to the family, and described Roybal as,
short distance from the official Capitol Christmas Tree. Mark your “in the vanguard of the struggle for equal rights here in Los
calendars now and watch your mailboxes for your invitation. You
Angeles 75 years ago. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
do not want to miss this one, and there are some rumors that
Congress may still be in session… ”
stated, “We’re here on the shoulders of this great man. He is
survived by his wife Lucille Roybal, his son Edward, Jr., his
When: Wednesday, December 14
daughter Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles),
and many, many admirers.
Location: US Botanic Gardens (Independence and First Streets, SW)
Closest Metro: Federal Center SW or Capitol South on the Blue
and Orange Lines
NOTE: If you wish to attend, you must RSVP! The Botanic The Calitonian was written and edited by
Gardens has made a requirement that an attendance list must members of the CSS Executive Committee.
be complete before the time of the event. Please give us your feedback or ideas for
You must also be a 2005 or 2006 CSS member to attend. our next newsletter!
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