No. 94: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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94. David Quintana

If David Quintana is known for one thing (aside from his trademark look: shaved head, stevedore’s shoulders and flashy suits) it is the splashy January power party known as The Bash (AKA Back to Session Bash) that he has organized each year since 2005. (Full disclosure, Capitol Weekly is a media sponsor of the Bash.) The Bash is Quintana’s baby, and each detail – from the cigar bar to the classic hip hop – is carefully selected by the man himself. With its six-figure budget and guest list of political all-stars, The Bash is unlike any other event in Sacramento – where else could you expect to find Lil Jon and Nancy Skinner on the same dance floor? This year’s event (moved to July, for obvious reasons) was comparatively subdued, and even an appearance by Oakland hip hop legend Too Short was less dramatic than it might have been pre-pandemic times. Oh yes, he is a lobbyist too, with a bevy of cannabis interests, several Indian Tribes and local-control housing orgs among his clients.

Updated Aug. 15, 2021

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