Sacramento symposium charts economic costs and the advantages of taking the California model global.
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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.
Professor Daniel Mazmanian of the USC Price School of Public Policy has been named the new academic director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.
In the first day of meetings held in Sacramento, the UC Board of Regents on Wednesday reviewed a report that outlined improvements to the transfer student pathway, as well as presentations regarding sexual assault and an upcoming Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus.
Schwarzenegger Institute Global Director and University of California Regent, Bonnie Reiss, met with students at UCLA as part of a larger effort to increase communication between the UC officials and students.
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and the Sol Price School of Public Policy collaborated on Wednesday morning to host the “Government and Leadership Conference: People Over Politics” symposium. - See more at: http://dailytrojan.com/2014/02/24/panel-focuses-on-politicians-and-their-constituents/#sthash.PYkAcvYs.dpuf
Will the California election reform movement that brought the state the top two primary and citizens redistricting soon be moving to other states? Not an unreasonable assumption if one listened to the opening discussion at the Schwarzenegger Institute’s conference on political reform at the University of Southern California yesterday.
It's been less than five years since voters approved two critical reforms to California's electoral system. Yet, because of these reforms, we are already seeing significant changes to the state's political landscape - and the changes are positive ones.
One might assume that a legislature that just gained a Democratic supermajority would become more liberal and more combative with business interests. But the opposite happened when Democrats secured two-thirds of all seats in the Senate and Assembly - along with control of the governor's office - in Sacramento in 2013.
One of my proudest moments as governor of California was working with advocates such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters to reform the redistricting process. As in most states, the redistricting process was not serving the people of California, as it was gerrymandered and 99 percent of incumbents were re-elected in the districts they themselves drew. The people of California, as do the people of Indiana and other states, want a political system that benefits the interests of the voters, not one rigged to benefit the interests of politicians.
The theme of a USC Schwarzenegger Institute event last week featuring the former governor, MSNBC political commentator Chris Mathews and Starr was fixing dysfunctional government – whether in Washington or Sacramento.