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

Agenda

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

Remarks:

  • 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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