CALIFORNIA'S NEW CENTURY, FRAGMENTED SOCIETY TO BE EXPLORED IN DAY-LONG PAT BROWN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE LINKING LABOR, BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Labor Leader Miguel Contreras to Keynote Discussions
Los Angeles, CA -- Is California prepared to cope with the consequences of our technological revolution as we forge into the 21st century? Business, labor, environmental leaders, as well as transportation and housing experts will explore that very question at the 8th Annual California Policy Issues Conference of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs on Wednesday, November 15, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.
"There is a growing anxiety and tension about the fragmented urban living and multiple layers of seemingly less and less accountable government. Answers to everyday issues such as open space, land use, environmental quality, housing, transportation and job creation become illusive to the diverse communities of California," said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute.
Regalado continued, "We have an excellent lineup of elected officials, political analysts, community activists, business and non-profit organization leaders offering their expert perspectives on these very issues. This all-day event will constitute an intersection for critical introspection, dialogue, discussion, learning and, ultimately, partnered action. This is our intent."
The Conference keynote speaker will be San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who will discuss the 2000 election and the implications of "California's Changing Electorates and Markets." A special presentation on "Dualism in California Cities: The Widening Divides of Income, Class and Race" will be delivered by Los Angeles County Federation of Labor leader Miguel Contreras.
Other Conference speakers will include Ronald Wakabayashi, U.S. Dept. of Justice-Community Relations Service; Assemblywoman-elect Jackie Goldberg; Dorothy Green, Heal the Bay; Bill Hauck, California Business Roundtable; Connie Rice, The Advancement Project; and Frank J. Quevedo, Southern California Edison.
PRESS NOTICE: An invitational pre-conference reception, hosted by Southern California Edison, will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 6-8 p.m., at the City Club on Bunker Hill. Dr. Michael Dear, director of the Southern California Studies Center at USC will offer remarks. For more information on this event, please contact Rocio Contreras at the Southern California Edison, (626) 302-1408.