Celebration of California's 100th anniversary of direct democracy held in Sacramento

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October 10, 2011

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SACRAMENTO, California: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of California's Initiative & Referendum Amendment on October 10, the Citizens in Charge Foundation is holding a day-long event featuring panels, speeches and workshops that explore California's 100-year experiment with direct democracy.[1]

The schedule of events is:

  • 10:00-10:25 a.m.: Opening Remarks: A Look Back at California in 1911; Joe Mathews, New America Foundation, Los Angeles Times
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m.: Panel Discussion: The Impact of a Century of Voter Initiatives; moderated by Jude Barry of Verafirma and featuring Jon Coupal, Harvey Rosenfield and Jennifer Fearing, senior state director, The Humane Society of the United States.
  • 12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch Debate Question: Is California’s Initiative Process the Problem or the Solution?; moderated by Bettina Inclan, bi-lingual communications strategist for the Steve Poizner for Governor 2010 campaign. This debate features for the "It's the Problem" side Peter Schrag, retired editor and columnist for the Sacramento Bee, and Michael Salerno, clinical professor of law, University of California Hastings College of the Law. For the "It's the Solution" side, it features Derek Cressman, regional director of state operations, Common Cause, and Paul Jacob.
  • 1:45-3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Reforming the Superhighway of Reform, moderated by Jon Fleischman. The panel features Robert Stern; Lenny Mendonca, who serves on the national governing board of Common Cause and on the board of California Forward; and Dane Waters, a staffer for The Humane Society of the United States.
  • 3:45-4:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Next 100 Years. This panel features Dr. David McCuan, professor, Sonoma State & author, “Initiative-Centered Politics: The New Politics of Direct Democracy”; Michael Marubio, Verafirma; and Michael Arno, president, Arno Political Consultants.
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception: Hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, this event features remarks by Julius F. Anderegg, Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco; Jerry Brown, and John Fund.

The event is sponsored by California Forward, the Citizens in Charge Foundation and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. It is co-sponsored by Arno Political Consultants, Ballotpedia, the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, the Federalist Society of Sacramento, the Humane Society of the United States, National Voter Outreach, the New America Foundation and XS Energy.

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