Andreas Kluth of The Economist Leads UCLA Roundtable Discussion
California—few regions in the world have caught the popular imagination of so many. From the glitz of Hollywood to the energy and innovation of Silicon Valley, from the weather to the wine, California is envied around the globe. Yet despite the state’s immense advantages, its finances are in deep trouble. For the past few years California has been in a budget and governance crisis, reaching its nadir in 2009 when the state no longer paid its bills in cash but issued IOUs instead. It has been declared a “failed state,” “dysfunctional,” and “ungovernable.” The good news is that California’s problems, though complex, are now well understood, so reform has become possible.
This event, a companion to a special report in the April 23, 2011 issue of The Economist brings together report author Andreas Kluth, and a team of California experts to discuss how the state got into its current fiscal mess—and also how, by introducing the right reforms, it can get out of it again.
Speakers will address the following questions:
- What are the priority reforms that will improve the governance of the state?
- Who must enact these, and what challenges do they face?
- What are the costs of failing to act on these reforms?
Daniel J.B. Mitchell • UCLA Professor Emeritus; editor, California Policy Options
Carol Whiteside • Partner of California Strategies, LLC. Specializes in strategic consulting and communications in California's political, legislative, regulatory and media environments with a focus on good governance.
Robert Hertzberg • Co-chair, California Forward, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to bring government closer to the people and move the state in the right direction; former Speaker of the California State Assembly
Co-sponsored by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA Lewis Center, UCLA Anderson Alumni Network, and The Economist.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
6:15 - 8:00 p.m., UCLA Korn Convocation Hall
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