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

November 1, 2012


Regional dignitaries, media outlets and others explore impact of election results during PBI’s 20th Annual California Policy Issues Conference

California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to keynote event

WHAT:             To explore the impact of the upcoming election on immigrant communities, governance reform, higher education, and health care, the Pat Brown Institute (PBI) will gather media representatives, education leaders and others on Friday, Nov. 16, at Cal State L.A. (CSULA) during its 20th Annual California Policy Issues Conference entitled Election 2012: Politics & Policy.

The keynote speaker will be California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

AGENDA:         The conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast, followed at 8:30 a.m. with a “Morning Welcome” from PBI Executive Director Raphael Sonenshein and CSULA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ashish Vaidya.

The conference will feature:

9 a.m.— Opening Plenary

The Story of the Election
Janet Clayton, Edison International (Moderator)

  •          Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
  •          Dan Schnur, Unruh Institute, USC
  •          Raphael Sonenshein, Pat Brown Institute
  •          Darry Sragow, SNR Denton
  •          Jonathan Wilcox, Multiplicity Media Productions

10:50 a.m.—Three Concurrent Panels

The Politics of Immigration and Ethnicity: The Latino and Asian American Vote
Shirley Jahad, KPCC 89.3 (Moderator)

  •          Gar Culbert, California State University, Los Angeles
  •          Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University
  •          Stewart Kwoh, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  •          Ben Monterroso, SEIU

The Impact of Reform: Citizen Redistricting and the Top Two Primary
Val Zavala, KCET (Moderator)

  •          Chris Carson, League of Women Voters California
  •          Joel Fox, Fox & Hounds
  •          Hyepin Im, KCCD
  •          Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee

Healthcare: Where Do We Go From Here?
Deborah Kallick, Cedars-Sinai (Moderator)

  •          Diana Bontá, The California Wellness Foundation
  •          Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll
  •          Josh Valdez, Right Way HealthCare Consulting

12:30 p.m.—Luncheon and keynote address

WHERE:           Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle Ballroom. The university is located at 5151 State University Dr. in Los Angeles at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 freeways (click here for a campus map). 

CONTACT:        For details, go to or call the Pat Brown Institute at CSULA, (323) 343-3770.

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