Before he can flee Sacramento and settle into his new post on the Los Angeles City Council, Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield is getting a parting gift from his legislative colleagues: He's the beneficiary of this year's California Roast, hosted by the California Center for Civic Participation. That's a change from last year, when the event was canceled for lack of a target.
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, is emceeing the evening's festivities. Aiming jabs and administering burns will be Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, and Democratic Assembly members Isadore Hall and Holly Mitchell.
Tickets for the annual charity event start at $225 for an individual unreserved seat. Things get started with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, and the roasting begins a little after 8 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento.
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BILL MARATHON BEGINS: Now that we've run through the Suspense File Smackdown, we get the next big test: Friday is the deadline for passing Senate and Assembly bills out of their houses of origin. Sessions convene in both houses today at noon, followed by 9 to 5 sessions (or such is the optimistic wish of lawmakers and the reporters who cover them) on each subsequent day this week.
The Assembly has about 300 bills left to run through. On the Senate side there are approximately 300 bills awaiting judgment.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: It seems unlikely that senators will break away to watch, but the organization Step Up California and the office of Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, are hosting a screening of a documentary on poverty in America called "The Line." 11 a.m. in room 4203.
PHOTO CREDIT: No, not that kind of roast. Matthew Mead / Associated Press file, 2011