What I’ve Learned from a Million “Coffee Dates”

Disha Banik

 

Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Disha Banik.

 

Since I arrived in Sacramento, I’ve been grabbing coffee with a variety of people, who work both inside and outside of state government. For the next class of Cal-in-Sac Fellows, here’s what I’ve learned from those conversations:

1. At this stage in your career as a Cal-in-Sac Fellow, everyone has a meaningful perspective to offer to you. 

Whether you’re meeting with the office assistant of a newly elected Assemblymember or the Chief of Staff of the Senate pro Tem (good luck getting on that person’s calendar), you should get coffee. Sometimes the most newly hired and entry level staff members have better advice to offer you than someone higher up. This is because they were in your shoes not too long ago. They know the latest programs and groups to join, and they know all the hot spots in Sacramento for young people. Continue reading

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From the Campaign to the Capitol

Disha Banik

 

Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Disha Banik.

 

It’s the June of summer break but I still have to get up at 7 am, the temperature will be over 100 degrees for half of this week, and I have to hand-carry groceries from Target to my room because I don’t have a car here. Yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s only been a week, and Cal-in-Sacramento has already been a growing experience.

I moved to Sacramento just before midnight on Tuesday, June 3rd, right after the primary ended and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski threw his victory party in Fremont. Bob Wieckowski. That’s my boss. He is running for State Senate and was first in the primary in a majority Democratic district. The second place winner is Republican Peter Kuo. Given that the tenth State Senate district is majority Democratic and Assemblyman Wieckowski will be the only Democrat in the November election, I’m not too hesitant to call my boss soon-to-be State Senator Bob Wieckwoski.

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