California lawmakers heading to policy retreats to prepare for year

January 16, 2015

By Patrick McGreevy: For­mer Labor Sec­re­tary Robert Reich, who has writ­ten exten­sively about the gap between the nation’s rich and poor, will be among the speak­ers to be heard as Cal­i­for­nia Sen­ate Democ­rats embark on a two-​​day pol­icy retreat later this month.

The 25-​​member cau­cus will gather Jan. 27 and 28 at the state-​​owned Stan­ford Man­sion, just blocks from the Capi­tol, to pre­pare for a new leg­isla­tive year in which higher edu­ca­tion, poverty and the state’s dete­ri­o­rat­ing road sys­tem are likely to be on the agenda.

The objec­tive of the con­fer­ence is to enable sen­a­tors to hear from var­i­ous pol­icy experts and dis­cuss pol­icy issues in a relaxed set­ting in a con­cen­trated fashion,”said Geoff Long, pol­icy direc­tor for Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-​​Los Angeles).

He said isues to be dis­cussed include the state bud­get, “income inequal­ity and the shrink­ing mid­dle class,” cli­mate change, eco­nomic secu­rity for women and the effects of social pol­icy on demographics.

Law­mak­ers will hear from experts includ­ing Reich, who is pro­fes­sor of pub­lic pol­icy at UC Berke­ley; Angela Glover Black­well, founder of Pol­i­cyLink; Ann O’Leary, direc­tor of the chil­dren and fam­i­lies pro­gram at Next Gen­er­a­tion; and Nancy Pfund, founder of DBL Investors.

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