Media Advisory: “California’s Next Governor: What Should the Agenda Be?”

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651

ATTENTION: Reporters covering politics, public policy, the economy, education and labor


“California’s Next Governor: What Should the Agenda Be?” a panel discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, as California’s Election Day approaches on Nov. 2. The event, free and open to the public, is being hosted by the campus’s 2010 Matsui Forum and will feature a panel of academic experts, a labor leader and a newspaper columnist.


4-5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20


Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall, on Hearst Avenue at the northern edge of the UC Berkeley campus.


Ted Lempert, a lecturer in UC Berkeley’s Department of Political Science, a former California assemblyman and president of the non-profit Children NOW, will moderate the discussion of choices facing Democrat Jerry Brown or Republican Meg Whitman upon his or her election. The panelists will include:

Mark Paul, a senior scholar with the New America Foundation and author of “California Crack-Up: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It”
Debra J. Saunders, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist
Yvonne Walker, president of the Service Employees International Union’s Local 1000, California’s biggest state employee union
Bill Whalen, a Stanford University Hoover Institution research fellow who follows California and national politics


The Matsui Forum is sponsored annually by the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies to address important issues of public interest on campus and beyond. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Political Science Association.