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Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau welcomes new political reporter


Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau reporter Jenavieve Hatch will cover California politics and campaigns.

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Sacramento Bee Capitol Office welcome the journalist Jenavieve Hatch, which will cover California politics and campaigns. Hatch joined The Bee in August after completing her Masters in Creative Writing at U.C. Daviswhere she wrote and taught creative non-fiction and poetry.

Prior to attending UC Davis, Hatch’s journalism career began in 2015 with an internship at a women-owned and run business. BUST magazine in Brooklyn, New York. She then spent more than four years at HuffPost covering everything from violence against women and reproductive health care to COVID-19, wildfires, the homelessness crisis, campaigns and elections. At The Bee, she is committed to three important things: holding and holding people in positions of power accountable, keeping Sacramento accurately informed, and good writing.

Originally from Roseville, she is thrilled to write for the newspaper she grew up reading and looks forward to hearing from and connecting with her readers. You can reach her at, or @jenavievehatch on Twitter.


The tribally funded campaign against Proposal 27which would legalize online and mobile sports betting in California, rolled out four anti-endorsements that might raise some eyebrows in Sacramento: the Democratic and Republican legislative leadership.

That’s right, the leaders of the Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly and the Senate all spoke out on Tuesday against the ballot measure supported by FanDuel and Draft Kings.

On the left, President of the Assembly Anthony Rendon and President of the Senate pro Tem Toni Atkins expressed concern about the ballot measure sending money to out-of-state corporations and pledged solidarity with Native American tribes who oppose it.

“California people should vote no on the 27th and support California tribes over out-of-state corporations,” Rendon said in a statement.

On the right, the Republican leader in the Senate Scott Wilck and Republican Leader of the Assembly James Gallagheralso voiced their opposition to the ballot measure.

“Support. 27 eliminates the sovereign right of California tribes to operate games in California. They have proven to be excellent stewards of that responsibility. We must protect that tribal right, which has also benefited all Californians,” said Wilk in a statement.


The Latin California Legislative Caucus will have new leadership this winter, when the Assembly Sabrina CervantesD-Riverside and Sen. Lena GonzalezD-Long Beach, respectively take the presidency and the vice-presidency.

Cervantes holds the honor of being the first openly LGBTQ woman, the first millennial, and the first Inland Empire legislator to lead the caucus.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Latino Caucus to elevate the nearly 16 million Latinos who are the backbone of California’s economy, the fifth largest in the world, and amplify their voices so they are heard loud and clear. strong in Sacramento,” Cervantes said in a statement.

She said she plans to lead the caucus by prioritizing meeting the Latino community where they are and working to address their day-to-day concerns.

Cervantes will replace the outgoing president, the senator. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, who in a statement called her successor “an extraordinary legislator who builds consensus and achieves tangible results on the most pressing issues before us.” Additionally, her life experiences as a woman, millennial, and member of the LGBTQ+ community have shaped her to be a brave fighter for our Latin American community.

Durazo’s two-year term as caucus chair ends Dec. 5. The Latino caucus is strong in the Legislative Assembly, with 30 members, including nine senators and 21 assembly members.


“While many Indigenous women are community leaders and activists, they also face disproportionate violence and barriers. Indigenous women, the barriers they face and the important contributions they make must be at the heart of our work to support and recognize Indigenous peoples.

– Pro-Tem Senate Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, by Twitter.

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  • Although it is a crime for families with young people to store firearms improperly, parents and guardians are not always aware of this fact. In an effort to address gun violence in schools, the state Legislature on Monday passed a bill requiring schools to notify families of state gun storage laws. SB 452, introduced by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, would direct the state to develop templates for such communications, via Owen Tucker Smith.

This story was originally published August 10, 2022 4:55 a.m.

Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He covered crime and politics from the interior of Alaska to the oil patch of North Dakota to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.