Embracing Astonishment

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Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Steven Zimmer

Some people consider breakfast and coffee as the most important way to start the day, but the most important part of my morning routine is music. My roommates and I have adopted Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” as the morning’s anthem, while we mentally and physically prepare for another day in the Capitol. The opening lyrics, “it was all a dream…” are appropriate given where we Fellows came from and what we find ourselves doing this summer.

The one thing all Cal-in-Sac Fellows have in common is our unique stories. Mine is a bit complicated and unorthodox because of the 9+ years I served in the Air Force. If I had been told during basic training in Texas that my current life path would eventually lead to working in the Office of the Governor of California, I would have been astonished. And if I had been told that Jerry Brown would again be the Governor, even more astonishment would have resulted (it’s a good thing no one told me that in basic training because I would have been instructed to “drop to my face” for expressing emotion). I feel that the resistance, strife and struggle I’ve faced since the years following my time in the Air Force, have shaped my character to make this possible. Resistance and overcoming struggle is an important part of life, which creates a more fulfilling life and ultimately makes up the themes of the stories we tell our kids and grandkids. Continue reading


What Goes Into A Story

Steven bogPosted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Steven Zimmer.

Cal-In-Sac 2014 is off to a great start and there is a solid group of fellows occupying the Upper Eastside Lofts this summer. I haven’t yet completed a full week working with the Governor’s Press Office, but I already have a different perspective of media and what goes into a story.

We have accomplished a wide array of tasks in this first week. We scour the front page of every major newspaper printed throughout the state every morning for pertinent stories related to the governor, write press releases (sans Oxford commas), and pretend like we aren’t listening to the governor’s voice emanating from the speaker phone in the other room as he discusses the day’s political agenda with aides (I promise I’m not really listening).

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