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Building California’s Future

2017 Speaker Series on California's Future
February 10, 2017
12:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


About the Program

California’s future prosperity depends on its infrastructure to support long-term economic and population growth. Yet the state faces a multibillion-dollar backlog of deferred maintenance and modernization for road, school, and water projects. It also faces an affordable housing crisis. This event will examine the challenges—and explore innovative solutions—from a local perspective.


11:45 a.m. Registration begins

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:05 p.m. Welcome
Chet Hewitt, president and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation

12:10 p.m. Conversation
Moderator: Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC
Kevin Faulconer, mayor of San Diego
Darrell Steinberg, mayor of Sacramento

12:45 p.m. Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderator: John Diaz, editorial page editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Lucy Dunn, president and CEO, Orange County Business Council
Kristin Olsen, supervisor, Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
Joe Simitian, supervisor, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

1:45 p.m. Adjourn



Steven Bliss
Media Contact
Kelly Holt
Event Contact


Are there videos of PPIC events?

Yes, we record most of our events and make the video available on the PPIC event page within a couple days of the event.

Do you accept walk-in registration at PPIC events?

We accept walk-ins as room capacity permits. If you have questions about a specific event, contact Kelly Holt at

How do I learn about your event series sponsors?

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series is intended to inform decisionmakers and facilitate constructive discussion about the major social, economic, and political issues facing California. The series is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Speaker Series on California’s Future

The Speaker Series on California’s Future brings together thought leaders from across the political and geographic spectrum with a common goal—to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s many challenges and build a better future for the state. The series features local, state, and national leaders discussing the major issues facing California—from education to climate change to the economy to governance. The series is supported by a variety of sponsors.

Sutton Family Speaker Series

The Sutton Family Speaker Series—made possible with a generous gift from Tom and Marilyn Sutton—features leaders and experts who have bold, innovative ideas that can help inspire much-needed change in California’s higher education system.

May I submit a question for the event speaker and/or panelists?

Before the event, questions may be submitted for consideration to Kelly Holt at At this time, questions submitted during the event may not be accepted.

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