Voice of San Diego’s annual PolitiFest focuses on the future this year, asking tough questions about how the 2020 election might change the ways we work and learn. 

The annual public affairs summit, which tackles issues affecting San Diego communities, takes place virtually during the week of Sept. 29. Sessions will examine local and state races, ballot measures and major public issues through a future-facing lens.

CalMatters is teaming up with Voice of San Diego for the summit to lead a PolitiFest conversation on Proposition 22. Lauren Hepler, CalMatters’ economy reporter, will moderate a debate on the ballot measure that would define whether gig economy workers are employees or contractors.

Proposition 22: How It Could Affect the Future of Work

Saturday, Oct. 3 • 10:00 – 10:55 a.m.

Prop. 22 has already broken a record for the most expensive ballot measure in California history. The stakes involved are equally historic in this labor-versus-tech showdown. At a time of increasing inequality, are workers helped by gig jobs that allow them flexibility and autonomy? Or are they hurt by low-paying jobs that have little security or benefits? California’s decision on this measure will be a bellwether for the future of work throughout the United States.

Panelists:
– Lorena Gonzalez, state assemblymember
– David Cruz, communications director of League of United Latin American Citizens and President of LULAC Council #3288

PolitiFest has a robust schedule of debates, panels and one-on-one interviews with experts, and provides a platform for Californians to raise their voices, ask tough questions and delve into important issues.

Register today for the event and check out PolitiFest’s full list of sessions.

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Vanessa Richardson

Vanessa is a former business journalist who has covered personal investing, venture capital, startups and business management for publications like Entrepreneur, Money, the San Francisco Business Times...