Rebooting California: Initiatives, Conventions & Government Reform
Streaming video of session panels from the Sept. 24, 2010 event:
Introductory Remarks & Welcome Address
Panel 1: Fiscal and Budgetary Problems/Reforms
Moderator: Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee
Panelists: Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (Tax and Budget Limitations); John Heilman, Mayor, West Hollywood; Professor of Law, Whittier Law School (Budgetary Impacts on California's Cities); Robert Hertzberg, Former Speaker, California Assembly; Co-Chair, California Forward (topic: Bipartisan Fiscal Reforms); and Sheila Kuehl, Former Member, California State Senate (topic: Tax and Budget Issues). Walters will moderate the panel.
Panel 2: Electoral and Structural Reforms
Moderator: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, KNBC-TV political analyst and senior fellow at USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development
Panelists: Jessica Levinson ’05, Director of Political Reform, Center for Governmental Studies (topic: The Constitutionality of Open Primaries); Justin Levitt, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School Los Angeles (topic: The Potential of Citizen Redistricting); Bruce McPherson, Former California Secretary of State; Leadership Council, California Forward (topic: Get Real, and Reform); and Allan Ides ’79, Christoper N. May Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (topic: Proportional Representation in the Legislature).
This panel aired on LA36, Los Angeles' educational channel, at the following times: Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Oct. 12 at 9 a.m.; Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.; Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m.; Oct. 17 at 10 p.m.; Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.; and Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.
Luncheon Keynote Address: Former California Gov. Gray Davis
Panel 3: Mechanisms for Constitutional Reform
Moderator: Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR News
Panelists: Joseph Grodin, Former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California; Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (topic: Popular Sovereignty and its Limits); Thad Kousser, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California San Diego; Visiting Associate Professor, Bill Lane Center for the West, Stanford University (topic: The Blessings and Curses of Piecemeal Reform); Ann Lousin, Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School (topic: How to Conduct a Constitutional Convention); Steven Miller, Hanson Bridgett LLP, Attorney for Repair California (topic: Getting to a Constitutional Convention); and Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director, Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission; Professor, California State University, Fullerton (topic: Constitutional Revision Commissions).
Panel 4: The Future of Direct Democracy--Reforming the Initiative Process
Moderator: Host of Public Radio International's To the Point and KCRW-FM's Which Way, L.A.?
Panelists: Bruce Cain, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies; Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (topic: Fixing Ballot Box Budgeting); Christopher Elmendorf, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis (topic: Why Sensible Judicial Enforcement of the Amendment/Revision Distinction Requires a Constitutional Revision); Robert Stern, President, Center for Governmental Studies (topic: Improving the Initiative Process); and Gerald Uelmen, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law (topic: Enforcing the Single Subject Rule for Initiatives).
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Participant and Sponsor Dinner: Dan Schnur, chair, California Fair Political Practices Commission; professor and director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, University of Southern California (video forthcoming)
- "Rebooting California," LA Progressive, Sept. 27, 2010
- L.A. Press Club salutes "Rebooting California"
- "Rebooting California," KRCB
- "Searching for a Way to Reboot the System in a Dysfunctional State," The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, Sept. 17, 2010
- "Voters must insist on rebooting California," Sept. 1, 2010, Moderator Dan Walters, Long Beach Press-Telegram
- "Hot air on budget ends California's legislative year," Sept. 1, 2010, Moderator Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee
- "The California quagmire," The Los Angeles Times "Blowback," May 24, 2010, Professor Karl Manheim and Adjunct Professors John Caragozian and Don Warner
- "A constitutional convention isn't the only route to reform," The Los Angeles Times "Blowback," Sept. 13, 2009, Professor Karl Manheim and Adjunct Professors John Caragozian and Don Warner
Beginnings of "the mess we're in"
History of the California constitutional process (including term limits)
Revision v. Amendment: Different approaches to modification
More on how the delegate process