Maria Shriver on Tuesday will host her final Women’s Conference as First Lady of California on Tuesday, a star-studded event that will feature First Lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, former First Lady Laura Bush, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
The political highlight is a planned “conversation” between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman, moderated by Matt Lauer. It will be the final meeting of California’s gubernatorial candidates, and certainly will feature interesting dynamics. Brown has tried his best to link Whitman to Schwarzenegger, a government novice when first elected whose popularity has plummeted, while Whitman has attempted to distinguish herself by dismissing the current governor as a mere “Hollywood actor” when he was first elected.
Also featured will be a conversation with Robert Redford about his career, the Prop 8 plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier, and Brian Williams leading a panel with Phil Knight, Howard Schultz and Nicholas Kristof.
Events actually started on Sunday with a March on Alzheimers, with Jane Lynch and Jane Fonda leading with stretching tips.
The complete list of events at the conference — which will be streamed throughout the day — is here.
Tinsel Toss: San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, seeking to beat Los Angeles D.A. Steve Cooley in a tight race for state attorney general, raises money at Universal Studios Grill on Wednesday evening, marking what will be her final industry event. Bob Iger, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jamie and Michael Lynton and Kelly and Ron Meyer are the event chairs, with tickets starting at $500 per person.
Alec on Angle: In his HuffPost column, Alec Baldwin weighs in on the midterms, focusing on the Nevada Senate race but also getting in a few digs at Sarah Palin. He writes, “Like some Charo of the Chugach, Palin grinds out the same quips and winks and seems even less prepared for 2012, in any capacity, than she did in 2008.”
Token Toss: Here’s a link to my column on how the entertainment industry has helped soften up opposition to legalizing marijuana, even if stars aren’t tripping over themselves to publicly endorse Prop 19.
And Another: Here’s a link to my story on how the compromise deal in which broadcasters would agree to pay musicians for playing music over the air may be in jeopardy. Radio stations are asking for more conditions they want to see in revised congressional legislation to establish a performance royalty.
Tuesday Itinerary: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden raise money for the Democratic National Committee at a dinner and reception at the home of James Lassiter and his wife, Mai. They later will appear with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) at a fund-raiser at the Wilshire Ebell Theater featuring a performance by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.