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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