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A Conversation with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti will talk with PPIC vice president and senior fellow Lande Ajose about major challenges facing California and its largest city and county—including infrastructure, housing and homelessness, and climate change—and how state and local leaders can help pave the way to a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future in 2022 and beyond.

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California’s 2021 Recall Election

Californians are already casting mail-in ballots in a special election on the recall and replacement of Governor Gavin Newsom. How did we get here, and what is at stake for California? A panel of top political journalists will talk about the recall process and explore the implications of the election and its outcome.

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A Conversation with Secretary of State Shirley Weber

California’s new Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber will join PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare in a wide-ranging conversation about voting, leadership, and the importance of representation.

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Reopening California’s Schools

As California nears the one-year anniversary of the first pandemic-induced shutdowns, the question of how to handle the state’s public K–12 schools remains fraught. As vaccinations ramp up, deep concerns over equity, learning loss, and physical and mental health remain. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion with a panel of distinguished experts about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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A Conversation with Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis

The past year has highlighted and heightened California’s key challenges. As the state emerges from the pandemic, how can policymakers pave the way for an equitable recovery? Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis will join PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare for a wide-ranging conversation, with a special focus on the economy.

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A Conversation with Cabinet Secretary Ana Matosantos

After a year of extraordinary hardship, California still faces severe health and economic challenges. Join PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare in conversation with Ana Matosantos, cabinet secretary to Governor Gavin Newsom, for a wide ranging conversation about California’s economic well-being and strategies to advance an equitable recovery in 2021 and beyond.

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A 2020 Election Preview

With one month to go before a highly consequential election, what does the political landscape look like in California and the nation? A panel of top political journalists will discuss emerging themes and issues, and assess the nation’s readiness for a pandemic election.

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Assessing Proposition 15

On the ballot this November, Proposition 15 would increase funding for public schools, community colleges, and local government services by changing tax assessment of commercial and industrial property. Doing so creates a split roll property tax system, because residential property taxes would not be changed.

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Fiscal Realities for Local Government

Local governments have been hit especially hard during the pandemic shutdown and resulting economic instability. How will they set priorities among competing needs? How can they partner with state and federal governments to chart a path forward?

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A Conversation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

California and the nation remain in the grip of a worldwide pandemic while also dealing with tremendous economic upheaval and social unrest. What are the most critical actions that leaders can take at this time? How can the state and federal government work together more effectively to address these generational challenges?

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