Day in the Capitol

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Day in the Capitol & CAWG Foundation Event
March 15, 2017

CAWG's Day in the Capitol and Foundation Event is right around the corner. Please see important details below regarding both events. 

Day in the Capitol

Location: The Citizen Hotel, 926 J St, Metropolitan Terrace

Numbers matter and we need you to turnout with your fellow growers and industry peers for a day of grassroots lobbying in Sacramento on March 15. Our lobbying team headed by Michael Miiller, CAWG Director of Government Relations, and Jack Gualco, The Gualco Group, Inc., have planned an exciting and informative day for you with key legislators and top regulatory officials. The Day in the Capitol is your opportunity to talk with and educate key policy makers about important issues affecting your business.

The Day in the Capitol will begin with registration at 8:30 AM, followed by a a speaker program and legislative briefing by a member of the State Legislature that will cover a variety of issues that are important to the business, agriculture and the winegrape growing communities at 9:00 AM. The day will continue with a luncheon featuring speakers that include top ranking administrative and legislative leaders focusing on important industry topics, at 12:00 PM. The group will then head to the State Capitol to meet with state Assemblymembers and Senators to lobby for and against specific bills moving through the legislative process, at 2:00 PM.

To view further details regarding the event and to RSVP for Day in the Capitol, please click here  to download and complete the form. 

CAWG Foundation Reception

Location: The Sutter Club, 1220 9th St

The California Association of Wine Grapegrowers Foundation (CAWG Foundation) was created to honor the hard work of the men and women who help produce the highest quality winegrapes. As a non-profit public benefit corporation, the foundation was established to conduct education programs, fund scholarships and support research related to the California wine and winegrape industry. The CAWG Foundation is continuing the tradition of supporting the scholarship program with this exciting reception event. The reception will take place at the Sutter Club, and begin at 5:30 PM, with the judging taking place at 6:30 PM.

The event will be paired with CAWG’s Day in the Capitol, with the goal to bring together legislators, other political officials and CAWG members to promote the accomplishments of the foundation and to raise money for the scholarship fund. This year’s event format will once again feature a VIP wine tasting competition where various political leaders will put their decision making to the test by judging a host of wines from across the state. The winning wines will be presented with an award and granted the honor of being considered the best wine as decided by California’s political elite. The reception will also include a silent auction and raffle, with outstanding food, great wine and excellent company, all to support a fantastic cause. 

To view further details regarding the event and to RSVP for the Foundation Reception, please click here to download and complete the form. 


CAWG has a block of rooms held at the Citizen Hotel. The negotiated room rate is $189 per night. The deadline to book a room at this room rate is February 21, 2017. Please see specific details below on how to reserve a room at the negotiated room rate. Please mention the California Association of Winegrape Growers to reserve your room. 


To contact the Citizen Hotel directly: (916) 447-2700


To book through the website by clicking here. 



DRESS CODE: The dress code for the Day in the Capitol is business professional, ties are optional. 



About 35 CAWG members and staff participated in CAWG’s Day in the Capitol, which included a legislative briefing, guest speakers and legislative appointments.


Following a briefing about legislator visits, attendees heard from several speakers: Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Department of Pesticide Regulation Director Brian Leahy, Assemblymen Bill Dodd and Chad Mayes, and Labor Secretary David Lanier. Each session included substantive exchanges between the speakers and participants.


In the afternoon, members and staff broke into groups to visit 24 legislative offices to discuss current bills and issues that will have an impact on the winegrape industry. Five bills were at the top of the list: AB 2714 (funding to combat winegrape pests and diseases), AB 1704 (small irrigation ponds: registered diversions), AB XX (facilitating payment of farm labor contractor license fees), AB 2757 (ag workers: wage and hour laws) and SB 1317 (groundwater well drilling: SGMA regulated basins).



Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo)

Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)

Beth Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills)

David Hadley (R-Torrance)

Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach)

Chris Holden (D-Pasadena)

Eric Linder (R-Corona)

Evan Low (D-San Jose)

Devon Mathis (R-Visalia)

Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco)

Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank)

Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount)

Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)

Das Williams (D-Carpinteria)



Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)

VISITS Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte)

Marty Block (D-San Diego)

Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield)

Steven Glazer (D-Orinda)

Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)

Jeff Stone (R-Temecula)

Andy Vidak (R-Bakersfield)

Lois Wolk (D-Davis)