Wildfires, blackouts, angry residents and a furious governor. Californians are grappling with a new and very dangerous "normal" — where there are more wildfires than before and more uncertainty about how the government, utilities and residents deal with them. For many, life can't continue as it used to. Some are buying generators — and some are stocking up on emergency supplies, some are leaving the state.
But many Californians are also facing an uncomfortable reckoning: No one is going to save us, and whatever we come up with to respond to the unending cycle of fires is going to be very, very expensive and we may not like it.
If you're trying to make sense of it all, come listen to this panel, which will discuss the strategies for adapting to this new reality and to hear what the state is doing to address this intractable problem. If you're wondering if you should harden your home against fire or who's paying for what; if you have questions about zoning to minimize building in high-fire areas, if you just want to understand what we're dealing with and how, you can't miss this 90-minute smart discussion.
This is part of the CalMatters PolicyMatters event series.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019Read More
The lack of affordable housing is a drag on the economy and the reason California has America’s worst poverty rate. It’s driving some workers out of state and some into homelessness. For young professionals, it’s just depressing. In this live version of our Gimme Shelter podcast co-hosts Matt Levin of CalMatters and Liam Dillon of the Los Angeles Times get answers from leaders in government, industry and philanthropy. This is part of the CalMatters PolicyMatters event series. Register for the event here.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
11:30 a.m. - Box Lunch Available
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Live Broadcast
Tony Thurmond, California Superintendent of Public InstructionIn Conversation with Ricardo Cano, K–12 Education Reporter, CALMatters
Education Week magazine reported in 2017 that among all states, California’s K–12 public education ranked 41st in conditions that help children succeed, 39th in school finance and 30th in achievement. So what can we expect in 2019?
In a major upset against his opponent Marshall Tuck, Tony Thurmond was elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction this past November. He was the endorsed candidate of the California Democratic Party and all five 2018 California Teachers of the Year. He previously represented the 15th Assembly District, which encompasses the northern East Bay. Thurmond became the second African-American to hold the office and fourth African-American to win statewide office in California following Wilson Riles. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, he was a member of the Richmond City Council, a board member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District and social services administrator. Come hear his plans for improving California’s schools.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. programRead More
Date & TimeMay 20, 201912:00 PM - 1:30 PM
LocationThe California Endowment1414 K St, Suite 100Sacramento, CA
Governor Gavin Newsom has cast himself as a champion for mental health. The state’s current mental healthcare system has fallen short, he says, not for lack of funding, but for lack of leadership, strategic vision and political will. Many advocates and leaders are now expressing hope that significant improvements might be made to fix the state’s “broken” mental health system. What do those changes look like? And what specific steps can we take to get there? Join us for a discussion with some of the state’s leading voices on this important issue.
Moderated by: CALmatters Reporter Jocelyn Wiener
CALmatters reports on mental health in California in a continuing series.Read More
As national attention toward police misconduct grows, California lawmakers are seeking greater accountability for officers, in part by dramatically changing the laws governing public access to police files. Last year’s SB 1421 requires police departments to release once-secret records related to police misconduct and shootings, sparking legal battles across the state. In July, police departments will be required to release body camera footage of “critical incidents” involving the use of force. And a pending bill would impose stricter rules on when police can use deadly force.
Join us and First Amendment Coalition for a discussion that will explore the policies, the legal battles and the perspectives raised by these recent changes.
SPEAKERSThomas Peele, Investigative Reporter, Bay Area News Group and Co-Founder, California Reporting Project
David Snyder, Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition
David P. Mastagni, Partner, Mastagni HolstedtRead More
Join us on Friday, November 16 for a wide-ranging conversation with the mayors of four of California’s largest cities about our crisis in homelessness and housing. Hear what they’re doing at a local level and what else they think California can do to help those struggling to get by.
11:30am: Check in12:00pm-1:30pm: Panel discussion1:30pm: Take away lunch available
Mayor of San Diego, Kevin FaulconerMayor of Los Angeles, Eric GarcettiMayor of Oakland, Libby SchaafMayor of Sacramento, Darrell Steinberg
Moderated by CALmatters Political Reporter Laurel RosenhallRead More
Event is SOLD-OUT.
This CALmatters PolicyMatters panel discussion will explore the state’s ambitious and experimental policies to reduce greenhouse gases. What’s worked? What hasn’t? And will the policies continue under a new governor and legislature? Our panel will feature representatives from industry, environmental advocacy and government, including the author of California’s landmark climate bill, former state Sen. Fran Pavley. The panel will be moderated by Julie Cart, CALmatters’ Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental writer.
Boxed lunch will be provided.
Panelists:Hon. Fran Pavley, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and Former State SenatorJohn White, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable TechnologiesMichael Shaw, VP, Government Relations, California Manufacturers & Technology Association
Moderated by:Julie Cart, Environment Reporter, CALmattersRead More
CALmatters at the Commonwealth Club for Elections Matter - What's at stake for California in November?
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WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)WHERE: Long Beach State University - 1250 Bellflower Boulevard Beach Auditorium (Parking in lot #3), Long Beach, CA 90840
CALmatters, Long Beach State University & Southern California News Group invite you to attend an exciting panel discussion "A for Accountability: A Report Card on California's New Public-School Assessments."
The California State Board of Education is in the process of overhauling its system for evaluating public school performance to include much more than just test scores. Propelled by a new federal law, factors such as graduation rates and how fast English learners gain proficiency will line up along side old-school measurements such as Math and English test results to shape the new "report cards."Read More