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100th Anniversary Celebration of California’s Initiative & Referendum

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On Monday, October 10, 2011 Citizens in Charge Foundation will join with Californians from all over the state to celebrate the 100th Anniversary Celebration of California’s Initiative & Referendum Process. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to Amanda@CitizensInCharge.org is required for registration.

This event is taking place thanks to the support of sponsors:
California Forward, Citizens in Charge Foundation, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation

And co-sponsors:
Arno Political Consultants, Ballotpedia, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, The Federalist Society of Sacramento, The Humane Society of the United States, New America Foundation, XS Energy


10:00 am – 10:25 am Opening Remarks: A Look Back at California in 1911

  • Joe Mathews, Irvine Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; co-author, California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It

10:30 - 11:45 am PANEL DISCUSSION: The Impact of a Century of Voter Initiatives

  • Moderator: Jude Barry, Verafirma
  • Jonathan Coupal, president, Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association
  • Harvey Rosenfield, founder, Consumer Watchdog
  • Jennifer Fearing, senior state director, The Humane Society of the United States

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH DEBATE QUESTION: Is California’s Initiative Process the Problem or the Solution?

  • Moderator: Bettina Inclan, Steve Poizner for Governor 2010, bi-lingual communications strategist

It’s the Problem >>>

  • Peter Schrag, retired editor and columnist for the Sacramento Bee
  • Michael Salerno, clinical professor of law, University of California Hastings College of the Law

It’s the Solution >>>

  • Derek Cressman, regional director of state operations, Common Cause
  • Paul Jacob, president, Citizens in Charge Foundation

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Reforming the Superhighway of Reform

  • Moderator: Jon Fleischman, Flash Report
  • Robert Stern, president, Center for Governmental Studies
  • Lenny Mendonca, national governing board, Common Cause, and board of California Forward
  • Dane Waters, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Kim Alexander, founder, California Voter Foundation
  • Sen. Doug LaMalfa (R)*
  • Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D)*
  • Senator Ellen Corbett (D)*

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: The Next 100 Years

  • Moderator: TBA
  • Dr. David McCuan, professor, Sonoma State & author, “Initiative-Centered Politics: The New Politics of Direct Democracy”
  • Michael Marubio, Verafirma
  • Michael Arno, president, Arno Political Consultants

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm RECEPTION Hosted by Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco: Celebrating the 100-year Anniversary of California’s Direct Democratic Process


  • Julius F. Anderegg, Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco
  • Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown*
  • John Fund, Wall Street Journal columnist
  • Joe Trippi, Democratic strategist*

*Invited but not confirmed.

For Media Inquiries Please Contact Amanda Kathryn Roman at (530) 470-9294.

Event Time and Location

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:00am - 6:30pm
Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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