News Release| Pat Brown Institute; Cal State L.A.

May 18, 2011

State Controller John Chiang, Swiss Senator, and experts to explore possible ‘Silver Lining’ in the California’s economic woes

Forum “Finding the Silver Lining in the Golden State’s Economic and Budgetary Crisis”  to compare Switzerland’s and California’s fiscal strategies

WHAT: California State Controller John Chiang and Senator Pankraz Freitag, president of the Swiss Federal Finance Commission, will assist in “Finding the Silver Lining to California’s Economic and Budget Crisis” on Thursday, May 19, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., at the Los Angeles Times Chandler Auditorium.

SUMMARY: The event will start with a presentation from Freitag who will showcase Switzerland’s budgetary and political model, and how the country is navigating its current economic challenges.   

The presentation will be followed by a panel of experts from California, including Chiang, who will explore the differences between the state’s economic condition and Switzerland’s experience with public debt and fiscal responsibility.

Los Angeles Times Publisher Eddy W. Hartenstein will provide welcome remarks at the event. The panel will be moderated by The Times’ Editor at Large Jim Newton.

The forum is hosted by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, located on campus at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).

WHEN/WHERE: The panel will take place Thursday, May 19, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., at the Los Angeles Times Chandler Auditorium, located at 202 West First Street in Los Angeles.

Parking is FREE at the Los Angeles Times Employee Garage, located at 213 South Spring Street in Los Angeles.

A light breakfast will be provided.

This 2011 California Agenda forums is sponsored by Southern California Edison, Wells Fargo, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Los Angeles Times.

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