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Why I'm Running - Edward Headington
October 10, 2011 03:57 PM PDT
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October 10, 2011 @ 38th Assembly District

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Exhibit Remarks - A Man of Achievements: Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown
September 29, 2011 09:20 PM PDT

A Man of Achievements: Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown

September 15, 2011 @ the JFK Library at CSULA

Library exhibit celebrates the accomplishments and enduring legacy of former California Governor Edmund G. ‘Pat’ Brown

A visionary for education, civil rights, and distinguished for helping connect all of California via water and asphalt, former Governor Edmund G. Brown is being celebrated at Cal State L.A. with the exhibit, “A Man of Achievements: Governor Edmund G. ‘Pat’ Brown.”

Co-curated by the University Library, where it will be on display through spring 2012, and the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, the exhibit pays homage to Brown’s “living legacy” and the enduring influence he has had on California since serving as governor from 1959 to 1967.

The exhibit includes photos, books written about and by Brown, artifacts, and poster boards that vividly outline many of his accomplishments. It also features the “Living the Legacy” video that was presented at the Institute’s 30th Annual Awards Dinner.

As showcased in the exhibit, Brown is best known for his highly-successful efforts in four areas that were critical in California throughout the 20th Century, and still are today: infrastructure (the freeway and highway system), education, civil rights, and statewide water distribution.

“This exhibit reminds us of Governor Brown’s timeless vision and how what he fought for and accomplished in office still resonates today throughout California,” said Jaime A. Regalado, who has served as executive director of the Institute since 1991. “He was a modern politician, one who talked to people and knew how to work both sides of the political aisle. He was a champion for civil rights, and was pivotal in helping modernize our state.”

CSULA alumna and graphic designer Michelle Wong conceptualized the design of the exhibit, highlighting the mission of the Institute, which is dedicated to the quest for social justice and equality of opportunity, enlightened civic engagement, and enhancing the quality of life for all Californians.

In the exhibit’s display, entitled “Connecting California Freeways,” Brown is described as “the greatest freeway builder in California history.” He campaigned on the idea of “One State,” which embodied his objectives of both connecting California through an efficient highway/freeway system, but also in his efforts to enable to state to share water resources.

The display, “Water: The Need,” recognizes Brown for his ability to build a consensus on water policy through his “vision, power, and passion” by unifying northern and southern Californian politicians regarding the management of water.

He also campaigned with conviction to have the Burns-Porter Act pass in 1959. The California Water Aqueduct was later named the “Governor Edmund G. Brown California Aqueduct” in his honor, which is the state’s longest water transport system.

“He was a very innovative and compassionate governor. He had a vision for California. When he entered office he was prepared to move California down the road of economic and social reform. He was also a man who could work with, not only his own Democratic Party, but also the Republican Party,” said Martin Schiesl, an emeritus professor of history at CSULA who also provided text for the exhibit. “He had a unique style about him—not confrontational—but he would reach out to people to get support for his programs. At the same time, he was a man of great principles and ideas who welcomed cooperation. I would say that he developed the bipartisan style of governing.”

In education, Governor Brown is recognized for signing the Master Plan for Higher Education (Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960) into law. His support was regarded as critical to the law’s passage. After leaving office, he taught American politics at CSULA in 1988 and 1989.

Brown has a notable civil rights and equality record, and the exhibit highlights some of his efforts in supporting anti-discrimination legislation that brought the state to the forefront of the movement.

He also signed and supported the Fair Employment Practices Act, which prohibited discrimination practices in employment and public housing, and established the Fair Employment Practices Agency and its commission. He also signed into law the Rumford Fair Housing Act, which prohibited discrimination in private housing.

“The Institute reflects the personality of the governor. It’s a very compassionate, caring organization. They bring many groups on campus to interact with and hold events and meetings dealing with social and economic problems,” said Schiesl. “In a sense, the Pat Brown Institute operates as a public forum, which is the kind of governorship that Pat Brown pursued. His legacy is part of the Pat Brown Institute.”


The Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. is dedicated to the quest for social justice and equality of opportunity, enlightened civic engagement, and enhancing the quality of life for all Californians.

The PBI is a non-partisan public policy center dedicated to sustaining the vision and legacy of former California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown through convening public policy forums, engaging multi sector stakeholders and diverse communities, and conducting timely policy research and community-driven initiatives.

Coro Fellows Logic Study Presentation - Logic of the City of Upland
September 29, 2011 09:36 PM PDT

September 12, 2011 - "Logic of the City of Upland" @ Upland City Hall

The 54th class of Coro Southern California Fellows presented their findings on the "Logic of the City of Upland." After one week of immersion in the social, economic, cultural, and political dimensions of Upland, the 2011-2012 Coro Fellows spoke to their understanding of the City's "logic."

About Coro and the Coro Fellows

Coro is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that prepared leaders to deal creatively and effectively with the challenges of democratic self-governance, and to make responsible decisions in the face of change and ambiguity. Coro embodies the belief that an individual truly can make a significant difference in society. Coro has centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Kansas City, and New York.

The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership program that prepares diverse groups of 12 individuals for the highest level of effectiveness in the public affairs arena.

Coro CrossTalk on Prop. 13
September 29, 2011 09:54 PM PDT

Coro Southern California's popular speaker series, Coro CrossTalk, was at California State University, Northridge, for a special panel discussion on Prop. 13, the 1978 "People's Initiative to Limit Property Taxation." Popularly referred to as the "Jarvis-Gann Amendment," it changed California in fundamental ways that are still being felt. As reported in the Sacramento Bee and more recently by Rick Orlov in the Daily News, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has called for its overhaul. This moderated conversation was free and open to the public.

Coro CrossTalk on Prop. 13 @ CSUN on Wednesday, September 7th

Welcome - John Greenwood, Coro Southern California Center for Civic Leadership

Moderator - Tom Hogen-esch, CSUN Political Science Professor

• Roberto Barragan, President of the Valley Economic Development Center
• Harvey Englander, Partner of Englander, Knabe & Allen and First Ex. Dir. of the CA Tax Reduction Movement (the forerunner of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association)
• Joe Mathews, Author of "California CrackUp: How Reform Broke the Golden State & How We Can Fixt It"

Sponsored by Health Net, Inc. and facilitated by Headington Media Group.

Austin Beutner Speaks @ Valley Vote
September 28, 2011 10:11 PM PDT

September 19, 2011 @ Galpin Ford

Former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and 2013 Mayoral Aspirant Austin Beutner

"Valley VOTE, a diverse coalition of San Fernando Valley residents, business people, educators, community activists, and organizations, is committed to exploring and fostering the implementation of programs that empower the people of the San Fernando Valley and the City of Los Angeles, to improve local governance, education and public participation on policy matters."

LACCD Swearing In Ceremony of Steve Veres & Scott Svonkin
July 29, 2011 09:38 AM PDT

July 17, 2011 @ East Los Angeles Community College

Swearing In Ceremony of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees

* Hon. Steve Veres, Seat 3
* Hon. Scott Svonkin, Seat 5

* Master of Ceremonies: Assm. Mike Eng
* Installers: state Senator Kevin de Leon & Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca

Coro CrossTalk on the Neighborhood Council Movement
July 27, 2011 06:50 PM PDT

July 27, 2011 @ Los Angeles City Hall

Coro Southern California's popular public affairs speaker series continues in its 4th year of operation. We have looked at state and federal politics and the nation's broken immigration system earlier this year and now return to local affairs with a thoughtful examination of Los Angeles' Neighborhood Council Movement.

Neighborhood Councils were created back in 1999 during the City's voter-approved charter reform and serve as a way for many Angelenos to become more involved in their community. Now nearing the teenage years and in light of a reform package advanced by Councilmember Paul Krekorian and budget cuts, what is in store the Neighborhood Council movement? Find out in this discussion.

Welcome - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch Englander, District 12

Moderator - John Greenwood, Coro Southern California Center for Civic Leadership and Board Member on the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council

• Al Abrams, President, L.A. City Board of Neighborhood Commissioners
• Ginger Damon, Atwater Village Neighborhood Council/N.C. Budget Advocate
• BongHwan Kim, General Manager, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
• John K. Kim, Board Member, L.A. City Board of Neighborhood Commissioners
• Raphael Sonenshein, Cal State Fullerton Political Science professor and former Executive Director of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission

Sponsored by Health Net. In partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch Englander. Facilitated by Headington Media Group.

Coro W.I.G.O. Interview with Diana Medina Wiley
July 25, 2011 04:31 PM PDT

July 2011

Diana is an alumnus of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs program, San Francisco 2008

Coro W.I.G.O. Interview with Bud Weisbart
July 25, 2011 04:27 PM PDT

July 2011

Bud is an alumnus of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs program, Los Angeles 1966.

Poem - The Happy Poet
June 29, 2011 10:37 PM PDT

April 2011

It is interesting how some poems just flow like a spigot has been turned on and your hand does not write or type fast enough while others comes come in fits and starts. The evolution of this poem would fall in the latter category.

I was toiling with the idea of the melancholy muse and how inspiration (or motivation) often comes from dissatisfaction. Then I read Rick Pearlstein’s piece on our former Vice President in the New York Times and gave some thought to “The Happy Warrior”.

Rick Pearlstein, “America’s Forgotten Liberal,” NY Times, 5/26/11.

Can I be
the Hubert Humphrey of poetry?
Soldiering on, happy,
handing out optimism and hope
in a world often full
of pain and suffering?

Is this honest? Authentic?
Is regret and melancholy
--that “lovely lachrymose,”
the price of admission?

Must I tear down and dismantle
come from a dark place,
in order to have credibility,
a seriousness of purpose?

We have all had bad relationships,
let ourselves and others down;
but maybe the harder task
is to speak of sunshine
even when we’re still a little wet
from yesterday’s rain.

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