The economy may be in the pooper, the Capitol in paralysis and the budget in shreds, but one group is doing just fine, thank you: hotel meeting rooms. Downtown has been inundated by legislative conferences, those annual gatherings of pressure groups who come to Sacramento to schmooze the electeds and each other. The California Association of Health Facilities had its spring conference at the Hyatt, the California Medical Association gathered nearby at the Sheraton Grand, where even Jerry Brown stopped by, and the group that represents medical clinics, the California Primary Care Association, was in town, too. And there was the “Attack of the White Coats,” the pharmacists, who were everywhere. Meanwhile, getting away from the docs, the California Professional Firefighters seemed to be everywhere, too, including the Sheraton.. And there’s more: The nurses, the assisted living folks, the chief business officials, the Poetry Center, the water agencies, you name it – they are either meeting or ready to meet. All, however, are avoiding Capitol Weekly

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