In a contentious political climate, PPIC is promoting constructive dialogue.
PPIC is committed to shaping a better future for California. We believe in the power of good information to spark dialogue, change minds, and inspire solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the state. Our extensive engagement activities bring our work to an ever-expanding audience through multifaceted outreach, in person and online. Our events promote respectful, productive discussion on difficult issues.
2018 SPEAKER SERIES ON CALIFORNIA’S FUTURE
For nearly a decade, PPIC’s Speaker Series on California’s Future has brought together leaders from across the political and geographic spectrum with a common goal—to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s challenges. In the midst of an important election, PPIC’s 2018 series focused on giving Californians a better understanding of how current and future leaders intend to address these challenges. Highlights include:
- Candidate forums: PPIC hosted the only debate between the candidates for United States Senate—US Senator Dianne Feinstein and State Senator Kevin de León. The top two candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction—Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck—joined us to share their visions for California’s schools. And we hosted one-on-one conversations with all the major candidates for governor prior to the June primary.
- Conversations with congressional and legislative leaders: Prior to the November election, we explored the tensions in the state-federal relationship with California’s congressional leaders, Majority leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Post-election, these leaders are poised to claim the most senior leadership positions in the House of Representatives. We also hosted a joint conversation with California’s legislative leadership.
Our 2018 Speaker Series attracted thousands of participants in person and online. Videos of the events were shared widely through social media. The series is made possible with support from leading corporate and philanthropic partners.
In a year that saw a surge in women running for political office, our annual Sutton Family Speaker Series event explored the status of women in government. This event coincided with the 100th anniversary of the first women elected to the California Legislature.
The PPIC Water Policy Center’s annual conference focused on how California’s next governor can promote water policies and practices to benefit the state’s people, economy, and environment. The conference was supported by the annual sponsors of the water policy center and featured the release of California’s Water, a briefing kit highlighting major issues in water management.
In 2019, PPIC will expand its efforts to encourage conversation about the state’s long-term challenges—and its role in the national context—through timely publications, an exciting speaker series program, and extensive outreach to California’s newly elected leaders.