A Deliberative Poll for CA's Future :: Summer 2011

Expert panel: State-Local Reform

One of the key topics for the Deliberative Poll participants will be the relationship between local and regional governments, districts and authorities and the state government in Sacramento.  This is a conversation that will cover dollars and cents but also government performance and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.  After the participants meet in two small group sessions they will formulate questions for the second panel of content experts.  There will be five state and local panelists:

Dave Low is the Executive Director for the California School Employees Association (CSEA) specializing in labor relations and employment law, retirement, health care and education issues before the California State Legislature.  He began his career with CSEA bargaining contracts, handling grievances, arbitrations, PERB hearings, organizing and local political elections in the San Francisco and San Mateo areas. 

Sunne Wright McPeak is the President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband.  Previously, McPeak served as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for Governor Schwarzenegger. She was named by the San Francisco League of Women Voters as "A Woman Who Could Be President."

Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and current director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. He served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly. Pastor is also the co-author of “Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America Future” which offers strategies for talking about race and achieving racial equity.

Michael J. Rubio was elected to the 16th State Senate District in November 2010 and is currently the youngest Senator serving in the California State Senate. He previously represented the Fifth District in Kern County. As a state Senator, Rubio currently holds the Chairmanship of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, Subcommittee No. 4, Vice Chairmanship of the Agriculture Committee and seats on numerous other committees.

John Tavaglione is currently in his seventeenth year of office as Riverside County Supervisor. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and has previously served as Chairman of the Board three times during his tenure. As an advocate for youth, Tavaglione is a strong supporter of collaborative programs that provide educational and growth opportunities for the County's youth population.  He is also a Board Member and past President of the Southern California Dollars for Scholars Governing Board.

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