Legislative Leaders To Address Grocers Day at the Capitol


Contact: Dave Heylen, V.P. Communications California Grocers Association
Tel: 916.448.3545
Fax: 916.448.2793
E-mail: [email protected]

California Grocers Association
1415 L Street, Suite 450
Sacramento, CA 95814

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SACRAMENTO, CA ‐ (March 24, 2009) Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D‐Los Angeles) and Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth (R‐ Murietta) are the featured speakers at this year’s California Grocers Association Grocers Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in Sacramento.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our members to hear first hand from the key decision makers on the state’s most pressing issues,” said CGA President and CEO Ronald Fong. “We are extremely fortunate to have both leaders speaking at the same event. Every grocer or supplier doing business in California should attend this event.”

In addition to hearing from top legislative leaders, attendees will also meet their elected officials in pre‐scheduled meetings in the state Capitol.

“Attending Grocers Day and participating in these face‐to‐face meetings with legislators is the single most important activity a grocer or supplier can do to help further our industry’s cause in Sacramento,” said Keri Bailey, CGA’s Vice President of Government Relations. “Legislators want to hear from their constituents. It’s important they hear our message.”

During the one‐day lobbying event, attendees will:

  • Meet with lawmakers to share concerns on critical legislation affecting the grocery industry.
  • Hear executive and legislative leaders discuss topics critical to a company’s bottom line.
  • Learn how to effectively meet and interact with your elected representatives.

“Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, Grocers Day at the Capitol provides valuable insight into how the state’s policymakers influence your everyday operations and allows you an opportunity to participate in the debate,” Fong said.

To register for the event, log on to: www.cagrocers.com, or contact Keri Bailey at (916) 448‐3545.

The California Grocers Association is a non­profit, statewide trade association representing the food industry since 1898. CGA represents approximately 500 retail members operating over 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada, and approximately 200 grocery supplier companies. Retail membership includes chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchandisers.