Welcome to Katie's Travel Blog. This is really Jenny-doesn't-get-to-travel blog where I (mom) keep track of Katie's adventures so I can have some vicarious enjoyment! Here's a look at what one globally-aware kid from little Santa Cruz, California gets to do these days if her mom's willing to keep working!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 3: Media Training, Starbucks, JSA Secret Rules and Sin Taxes - They ARE Junior Politicians

KNM: Kill Me Now!
I did hear from Katie last night. She was sitting in her last session getting media training. Apparently they were talking social media which nearly sent her over the edge since she gets to hear about this nearly every day from her dear mother! You'll appreciate her text.

She also said it had been a super great day and that all the kids there were scary-smart. She was working to keep up (I love it) and trying to learn as fast as they were throwing new information at her. I guess they are also doing projects so they are up late at night working.

She has forged a new relationship with some franchise called Starbucks which can only mean bad things for me (I don't think we own stock, I've never ever had even one cup of coffee). I don't think they can use their meal card there. Bummer.

Katie's also learning more about JSA. It's a pretty interesting organization but I guess there's also a dark subculture. With gambling and point-seeking. I don't know who shared this inside scoop with Katie, but she was on it, trying to figure out the rules.

At some point on Monday, they learned about Cintaxes - which kind of makes sense if you are only hearing the word - that eventually turned into Sin Taxes (as opposed to syntax which is a tax I often try to dodge). The kids were supposed to figure out their position on them and if they agreed, what then should be taxed.

A good question for you dear reader: discuss.

Today will be a juxtaposition of street and the high life and they move from "Man on the Street Interviews" (I can only hope they mean both genders) to the Governor's Conference Room which at least sounds like it is sort of posh; unless it really means the press room which suddenly sounds much less posh and more like a corral.
Yeah, the hashtag was just to
provoke her!

The day wraps with a set on polling which could be really good since polling was so interesting in the last Presidential election and dictates how so many politicians decide to get dressed in the morning.

A bit more tomorrow and then they graduate around 2pm. Will they be leadershipy? We'll see!

The agenda for today:

7:45 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast – Segundo Dining Commons
9:00 am
LOAD BUSES to Sacramento
10:00 am – 11:00 am
State Capitol Building
Man on the Street Interviews
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Debrief on public interviews – Steps of Capitol Building
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Paula Villescaz, Legislative Aid in Office of Assembly Member Joan Buchanan – Governorʼs Conference Room
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
John Vigna, Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Assembly – Governor's Conference Room
3:15 pm
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
UC Davis
Dinner – Segundo Dining Commons
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Presentation on Polling with Ruth Bernstein from EMC Research – Wellman 106
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free time/Work on Group Projects
10:00 pm
Floor Meeting
11:00 pm

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